Sea of Azov, Rostov,
Don river and Caspian depression.
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Klyuchevskaya Volcano, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia. Klyuchevskaya
Volcano erupted with lava and ash explosions only 2 days before this
near-vertical photograph was taken October 3, 1994 (NASA). The landscape does not
appear to have been much affected by the large quantity of ash that was spewed
into the atmosphere. Collateral information obtained from the Smithsonian
Institution Global Volcanism Network indicated that the eruption was still in
progress at the time this photograph was taken but, obviously, at a greatly
reduced rate compared to the earlier eruption in which the gas and steam plume
rose to an estimated height of 1 km above the crater and was dispersed to the
south for approximately 5 km. Lengthy shadows are cast from several adjacent stratovolcanoes. The summit of Tolbachinskiy Volcano at 3680 m above sea level
is prominent southwest of Klyuchevskaya. A small segment of the meandering
Kamchatka River is visible along the northwestern edge of the photograph.