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Spacecraft nadir point: 52.6° N, 77.9° E

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Spacecraft Altitude: 162 nautical miles (300km)
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Image Caption: STS028-076-084 Lake Kulundinskoye, Russia August 1989
Lake Kulundinskoye is located on the southern edge of the much larger West Siberian Plain of south-central Russia. This lake, along with many other lakes in the region, exhibits a wide array of colors. The variations in color suggest that each lake is at a different stage of eutrophication. The lake immediately south of Lake Kulundinskoye is mauve-colored, contrasting with the oval, dark blue lake along the northwest edge of the photograph. Two deltas can be observed along the eastern side of Lake Kulundinskoye. The white areas are probably salty minerals that were deposited on the surface as water evaporated. A well-established shelter belt system (a series of three parallel lines adjoining end to end) runs generally north-south along the eastern side of Lake Kulundinskoye to form a manmade barrier to help protect against wind erosion. The cultivated field patterns are large and basically rectangular in shape. (Refer to STS-068-225-010 for the overall physical setting of Lake Kulundinskoye and its proximity to the Russian-Kazakhstan border.)