Aral Sea, 2004

Aral Sea, 2004

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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, 2004. Satellite image of the Aral Sea (green), surrounded by Uzbekistan (lower left) and Kazakhstan (upper right). Sediment (milky green), vegetation (deep green/black) and dry salt beds left by evaporating water (white) can be seen. This inland salt water lake used to be the fourth largest lake in the world. It is now the eighth largest and may possibly dry up altogether by 2020. The Aral has been shrinking since the 1970s, when its two main rivers, the Syr Darya (north) and Amu Darya (south), were diverted for agricultural purposes. Image taken on 22 September 2004 at 09: 10 GMT by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite.

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