Destination: The Amur River.
Travel direction: Russia -> Trans-Siberian Railway -> Siberia -> The Far East -> Khabarovsk Krai -> Khabarovsk -> The Amur River.
The Amur River Facts
Flowing across northeast Asia for over 4,444 km (2,761 mi), from the mountains of northeastern China to the Sea of Okhotsk (near Nikolayevsk-na-Amure), it drains a remarkable watershed that includes diverse landscapes of desert, steppe, tundra, and taiga, eventually emptying into the Pacific Ocean through the Strait of Tartary, where the mouth of the river faces the northern end of the island of Sakhalin.
The Amur has always been closely associated with the island of Sakhalin at its mouth, and most names for the island, even in the languages of the indigenous peoples of the region, are derived from the name of the river: “Sakhalin” derives from a Tungusic dialectal form cognate with Manchu sahaliyan (“black,” as in sahaliyan ula, “Black River”), while Ainu and Japanese “Karaputo” or “Karafuto” is derived from the Ainu name of the Amur or its mouth. Anton Chekhov vividly described the Amur River in writings about his journey to Sakhalin Island in 1890.
The average annual discharge varies from 6000 m³/s (1980) – 12000 m³/s (1957), leading to an average 9819 m³/s or 310 km³ per year. The maximum runoff measured occurred in Oct 1951 with 30700 m³/s whereas the minimum discharge was recorded in March 1946 with a mere 514 m³/s.
The following pictures of the Amur River and its surrounded lake are presented by Edward Tugi. He is a biologist, experienced eco-traveller and beginning blogger. Based in Khabarovsk, the administrative center of Russia’s Far Eastern District.
Edward has recently launched his own blog Farrr.ru dedicated to Russia’s Far East and travel opportunities, but he is more active on Flickr. Though he is writing in Russian, he speaks English as well.
Enjoy the Amur River!
Shaman Mountain in the area of the lower Amur River.
Winds over the Amur.
The Amur distributary of Shuchja (Pike’s in Russian)
Ice floating on the Amur River.
Autumn at Nizhnij Amur Lake.
Evening on the river in the area of Kholansky Sopka.
Sunset at the Amur distributary of Shuchja (Pike’s in Russian)
Near the village of Mariinskoe.
The Amur River near Khabarovsk.
Autumn storm in the area of the Malyshevo village.
The view on the Amur River from Khabarovsk.
Osier bed near the village of Mariinskoe.
An old boat in the village of Malyshevo.
Autumn reflection on Kholansky Lake near the village of Mariinskoe.
Summer on the Amur River, the village of Mariinskoe.
Osier beds on the Amur River near the Malyshevo village.
Sunset at the Amur River near the village of Malyshevo.
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