The Volga River Delta in Russia • Earth.com

Last update: November 14th, 2019 at 11:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the Volga River Delta, which stretches across 100 miles of Russia’s Astrakhan Oblast.

The Volga Delta has grown from just 1,244 square miles in 1880 to 10,511 square miles today. This expansion is primarily due to sea level changes in the Caspian and to the shape of the delta itself.

When water from the river enters the delta, it is scattered among hundreds of waterways, contributing to one of the world’s most complicated hydrographic networks.

There are several cities and towns across the upper delta, including the city of Astrakhan located around 60 miles from the shore.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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