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Featured Maps! Theme for the Week – Russia & The Kamchatka Peninsula

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Theme for the week: Russia & The Kamchatka Peninsula

November 6-9, 2017

The Kamchatka Peninsula is on the eastern coast of Russia. Kamchatka is a place of extraordinary primal beauty, hot springs, snow-capped peaks, rushing rivers, and of course, their volcanoes! Kamchatka is active with volcanoes because it is part of the Ring of Fire along the northern portion of the Pacific Ocean where three tectonic plates meet (the Eurasia plate, the North America Plate and the Pacific Plate).  The Aleutian Islands archipelago stretch from the eastern shore of the Kamchatka peninsula to Alaska’s mainland at the northern edge of the Pacific Plate.  The Kuril Islands string from the southern point of Kamchatka to Japan.

The Kamchatka River and the surrounding Central Valley are surrounded by large volcanic belts, containing around 160 volcanoes, 29 of them still active. This gives the peninsula perhaps the highest density of volcanoes and associated volcanic phenomena in the world. Nineteen of the active volcanoes here are included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Come to Shields Library to view these attractive illustrations of geological activities, colorful images from space showing its inimitable beauty, and information on the indigenous inhabitants of Kamchatka.


Title: Russia and neighbouring countries

by Assot͡siirovannyĭ kartograficheskiĭ t͡sentr and, ArtCarta International (1999)

Call Number: MAP G7000 1999 .A8

Title: Peoples of the Soviet Union ; Soviet Union

by National Geographic Society (U.S.). Cartographic Division, William T. Peele, and David W. Cook (1976)

Call Number: MAP G7000 1976 .N2

Title: Russia and post-Soviet republics

by PKO “Kartografii︠a︡” (1996)

Call Number: MAP G7000 1996 .P5

Title: Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia : map & guide

by Polaris Cartography (2003)

Call Number: MAP G7322.K2 2003 .P6

Title: Kamchatka, Russia, scale 1:800,000-1:1,200,000

by Assot͡siirovannyĭ kartograficheskiĭ t͡sentr, International Travel Maps. and ITMB Publishing Ltd. (2005)

Call Number: MAP G7322.K3 2005 .A8

Title: Active volcanoes of Kamchatka and Kurile Islands

by Telberg Book Corp. (1959)

Call Number: MAP G7341.C55 1959 .T3


Map Collection: Location and Hours

The Map Collection room is open to the public on the Lower Level of Shields Library, normally Monday-Friday, 1:00-5:00 pm.  However, on Friday, November 10, the map room will be closed for Veterans Day. To see the most accurate schedule, please visit this link: click here.

Contact the Special Collections Department for map related questions by email at or by phone at 530-752-1621.

Post created by Dawn Collings and Patricia Wyley.


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