Minimize Earth from Space: Black Sea

The southern Ukrainian coast along the Black Sea was captured in this image acquired on 1 May 2011 by the SPOT-5 satellite.

The green and yellow patchwork of agriculture dominates the land, while blue swirls of sediment and phytoplankton are present along parts of the coast.

The Black Sea, bordered by Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Russia, Georgia and Ukraine, is almost cut off completely from the rest of the world's other oceans, yet it reaches depths of over 2000 m. The straits of Bosporus and Dardanelle connect the Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea.

This SPOT-5 image was acquired on 1 May 2011.

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Credit: CNES/Spot Image/European Space Agency (ESA)