NASA’s Aqua satellite captured the Lena River Delta or Lena Delta, Russia. The image shows the snow melting in June.

Credit: NASA

At the end of the Lena River there is a large delta that extends 100km into the Laptev Sea and is about 400km wide. The delta is frozen tundra for about seven months of the year, but in May the region is transformed into a lush wetland for a few months. Part of the area is protected as the Lena Delta Wildlife Reserve. During the short summer, it thaws into a wetland of tremendous ecological importance. The Lena delta divides into a multitude of flat islands.

The local scenery on the ground is as follows.

Credit: Ultima Thule

Reference: Lena Delta Shakes Off Winter (NASA Earth Observatory)
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