Here is an image of the Putorana Plateau, Siberia captured in March 2016 by the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite.

It shows part of the Putoransky State Nature Reserve, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated about 100 km north of the Arctic Circle, the site serves as a major reindeer migration route – an increasingly rare natural phenomenon – and is one of the very few centres of plant species richness in the Arctic.

Virtually untouched by human influence, this isolated mountain range includes pristine forests and cold-water lake and river systems. The lakes are characterised by elongated, fjord-like shapes, such as Lake Ayan in the upper-central part of the image.

Credit: Copernicus Sentinel data (2016), processed by ESA

Mona Evans
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