Colorful currents in the Sea of Okhotsk • Earth.com

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features tidal currents in the western Sea of Okhotsk in the Russian Far East. The Shantar Islands and Uda Bay are also visible in the natural-color photo.

According to NASA, the currents around the Shantar Islands are heavily influenced by the strong tides and by freshwater discharge from rivers draining into Uda Bay. 

Some of the highest diurnal tides in the world have been recorded in the Sea of Okhotsk. In the Russian Far East, narrow bays funnel and amplify the incoming tides, making it a prime location for tidal power generation, reports NASA.

The image was captured on September 24, 2021, by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8.

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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