Lake Baikal shortly avoids a toxic mudflow entry

Sentinel-2 MSI acquired on 05 July 2019 at 04:05:51 UTC
Sentinel-2 MSI acquired on 30 July 2019 at 04:05:49 UTC
Sentinel-3 OLCI FR acquired on 31 July 2019 from 03:14:53 to 03:17:53 UTC
Sentinel-3 OLCI FR acquired on 06 August 2019 from 03:20:13 to 03:23:13 UTC
Sentinel-2 MSI acquired on 07 August 2019 at 04:15:51 UTC
Author(s): Sentinel Vision team, VisioTerra, France -
Keyword(s): Lake, coastal, hydrology, water quality, UNESCO World Heritage, flooding, pollution, infrastructure, Russia
Fig. 1 - S3 OLCI (06.08.2019) - 7,6,4 composite - A UNESCO World Heritage site, Baikal lake contains 22% of the world's fresh surface water.
Fig. 2 - 31.07.2019 - 10,6,3 natural colour - Baikal was simultaneously affected by local rivers flooding & the noxious smoke of Siberian fires.
Fig. 3 - S2 (05.07.2019) - 4,3,2 natural colour - Large white algal rafts south of Baikal Lake.
Since 1961, Baikalsk Pulp and Paper Mill used to be main pollution source of Baikal's previously ultra-pure waters until its closure in 2013. Its pools of toxic waste remain unprocessed since.
Fig. 4 - 30.07.2019 - The flooding of Solzana and nearby rivers has enlarged their bed.
Fig. 5 - 07.08.2019 - A bridge leading to the mill was destroyed, but its large pools of toxic waste didn't drain into Baikal Lake
Baikalsk is at left, its Pulp and Paper Mill at center and the toxic pools at east of the town at right.