Stock Photo Description: ISS013-E-77351 (5 Sept. 2006) --- Floods in the Volga Delta, Russia are featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 13 crewmember on the International Space Station. This close-up view zooms in on a shipping channel in the western part of the delta. The straight channel is periodically dredged, and the dredge spoils are piled along the edge of the channel in mounds. Surrounding wetlands are partially inundated. Flood waters with muddy sediment stream from the distributaries along channel, producing long streamers along the flow direction. This image was taken a few days after heavy rains in early September 2006 flooded parts of Russia to the north, and captures the flood waters emptying into the Caspian Sea. Since 1978, the Caspian Sea level has risen over 2 meters, submerging valuable wetland habitats, flooding coastlines and both agricultural land and industrial infrastructure. Maintaining channels and coastal developments, and preserving marine and land natural habitats, have become a struggle for the nations surrounding the Caspian. Shallow coastlines like the Volga Delta are at particular risk due to the rising sea level.