Kamchatka, Russia | Where the Salmon Rule, National Geographic Magazine: Sea of Okhotsk Wetlands | Kamchatka, Russia

At the top of this photograph is the Sea of Okhotsk and below it the Oblukovina River flows past wetlands made by heavy rain on the west side of Kamchatka. Wetlands are the primary sign of a healthy salmon ecosystem. Clouds of mosquitoes form in this place where insects are a main food source. Salmon are a mass migration engine that brings marine-derived nutrients into river ecosystems. Salmon carcasses used to fertilize the entire Pacific Rim.

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