Aral Sea, 2001

Aral Sea, 2001

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This image is part of the sequence Environment: Aral Sea
This image is part of the sequence Environment: Aral Sea drying out from 2001 to 2004

Credit: NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Aral Sea, 2001. Satellite image of the Aral Sea (green), surrounded by the arid lands of Uzbekistan (lower left) and Kazakhstan (upper right). This inland salt water lake used to be the fourth largest lake in the world, but excessive use of its source rivers (the Syr Darya and Amu Darya, dark brown, upper and bottom right respectively) for irrigation has reduced its water volume by over a half. This caused the lake's waterline to recede by many miles over the last two decades of the 20th Century. Image taken on 19 August 2001 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite.

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