Aral Sea, satellite image, 1999

Aral Sea, satellite image, 1999

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This image is part of the sequence Environment: Aral Sea


Caption: Aral Sea, satellite image. Image 3 of 4. 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 obtained in 1999 using the Landsat7 satellite. For a series showing the lake's progressive shrinkage, see images C003/2109 - C003/2112.

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