The Russian hydronym Volga (Волга) derives from Proto-Slavic *vòlga "wetness, moisture", which is preserved in many Slavic languages, including Ukrainian volóha (воло́га) "moisture", Russian vlaga (влага) "moisture", Bulgarian vlaga (влага) "moisture", Czech vláha "dampness", Serbian vlȁga "moisture", and Slovene vlaga "moisture" among others.
The Volga has many tributaries, most importantly the rivers Kama, the Oka, the Vetluga, and the Sura. The Volga and its tributaries form the Volga river system, which flows through an area of about 1,350,000 square kilometres in the most heavily populated part of Russia. The Volga Delta has a length of about 160 kilometres and includes as many as 500 channels and smaller rivers. The largest estuary in Europe, it is the only place in Russia where pelicans, flamingos, and lotuses may be found. The Volga freezes for most of its length for three months each year.
The Volga drains most of Western Russia. Its many large reservoirs provide irrigation and hydroelectric power. The Moscow Canal, the Volga–Don Canal, and the Volga–Baltic Waterway form navigable waterways connecting Moscow to the White Sea, the Baltic Sea, the Caspian Sea, the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea. High levels of chemical pollution have adversely affected the river and its habitats.
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|Mother Volga statue facing the Rybinsk reservoir on the Volga River.|
|Tver on the Volga|
|River views between Moscow and Uglich: The flooded city of Kalyazin bell tower|
A river, a name, which speaks to imagination... gorgeous photo'sReplyDelete
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Love your Volga River photos. They are great.ReplyDelete
Love the statue! That tune is one I learned as a child on the piano. I think it was the second lesson.ReplyDelete
Such a beautiful river.ReplyDelete
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The ONLY Russian river I can name!ReplyDelete
I will go there myself to see, i dont believe the pollution is that serious. Not more than africas rivers,,, i dont believe MSM anywYReplyDelete