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Water Resources Management in the Ob-Irtysh River Basin and Related Environmental Problems

Author(s): Oleg F. Vasiliev

Linked Author(s): Oleg Fedorovich Vasiliev

Keywords: West siberia; Siberian rivers; The ob-irtysh river system; The tom river; Water resources management; Waterenvironment protection

Abstract: The Ob-Irtysh River basin (3·10-6 km2) is one of the main river basins in Siberia. It covers a larger part of West Siberia and North-East Kazakhstan. The natural conditions of Siberia (10·106 km2) are characterized by a wide variety of geographical zones, several of which exhibit considerable ecological vulnerability. About 50% of West Siberia (2.5·106 km2) is permafrost area. At the same time Siberia is very rich in natural resources, including water resources. The following items are considered in the paper: general characteristics of the river basin, the upper Ob-River and Novosibirsk HP reservoir, environmental issues of the Middle Ob basin, environmental impact of HP development in the Irtysh basin, environmental problems of the Tom River basin.


Year: 2001

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