Caspian Sea evaporation basin

Caspian Sea evaporation basin

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Caption: Caspian Sea evaporation basin from space. North is at top right. The landlocked salt waters of the Caspian Sea (eastern arm, upper left) flow into this large evaporation basin, the Kara-Bogaz Gol (centre), through a narrow strait (centre left). Evaporation from the shallow basin, results in some of the saltiest waters in the world, allowing mining of the salt deposits. The strait was dammed in 1980, to conserve rising waters in the Caspian Sea. The dam, and its later removal, led to soil salt poisoning and flooding in the area. The basin is in western Turkmenistan. Part of Kazakhstan is at upper right. Photographed on 28 October 1995, on mission STS-73 by the Space Shuttle Columbia.

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