Aral Sea, satellite image, 1973

Aral Sea, satellite image, 1973

E590/0289 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 50.9MB

Downloadable file size: 1.2MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


This image is part of the sequence Environment: Aral Sea

Credit: NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Aral Sea, satellite image. Image 1 of 3. North is at top. This inland lake is found between Uzbekistan (west) and Kazakhstan (east) and used to be the fourth largest lake in the world. Since the 1960s, it has lost more than half of its volume. This is due to overuse of the feeder rivers (the Syr Darya and Amu Darya) in irrigation of cotton and paddy fields. Image taken by Landsat's multispectral scanner instrument on 29th May 1973. For a series showing the lake's progressive shrinkage, see images E590/289 - E590/291.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: 1900s, 1970s, 1973, 20th century, 29, 29/05/1973, 29th, aral sea, arid, asia, asian, brackish, decreasing, desertification, drainage, draining, drought, drying, drying up, drying-up, earth observation, environment, evaporating, evaporation, from space, geographical, geography, human impact, industrial, industry, inland, kazakhstan, lake, land, landsat, losing water, may, multi-spectral scanner, multispectral scanner, north aral sea, receding, salt, salt beds, salt deposits, salty, satellite, satellite image, sea, sediment, shrinking, south aral sea, uzbekistan, water loss

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.