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Transboundary old-growth forest and natural mires tract at the Russian-Finnish border



The transboundary old-growth forest and natural mires tract around Lake Onkamojärvi (the largest black spot below the center of the image) on the border between Lapland Province (Finland) and Murmansk Region (Russia). The olive and dark green tracts of old-growth forests are very well visible north and north-west from the lake. They have straight and very distinctive linear and rectangular boundaries with clear-cuts (light brown) and young secondary forests grown after clear-cuts (light green and bright green). In the upper (northern) part of the image, the line between old-growth forests on the east and secondary forests on the west indicates also the national Finnish-Russian border. Here the native forests were logged on the Finnish side while are still preserved on the Russian side (probably due to the restrictions of the sub-boundary zone). Still, the biggest old-growth tracts are found today on the Finnish side, closer to the lake.

The natural-state open mires are visible next to the lake and between the forest tracts as areas from grayish green, turquoise, and blue to pink and deep magenta colors. The intensity of magenta color indicates the amount of water in the wetland. Grayish green areas are open Sphagnum moss bogs.

The magenta and pink spots that have a 3-dimensional look on the image, indicate alpine (oroarctic) tundra areas. The biggest one in the northern part of the image, on the Russian side, is Rohmoiva Mountain and Sallatunturi Ridge.

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Landsat 8

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