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Effects of Desertification: Dust Storm Over Shrinking Aral Sea – May 22nd, 2012

46.7N 61.6E

May 22nd, 2012 Category: Climate Change, Dust Storms, Image of the day, Lakes, Salt Flats

Aral Sea - May 21st, 2012

Plumes of dust blow westward, off the lakebed of the Aral Sea. The white color of the dust and the region in which the storm is occuring indicate that it has a high salt content. Vast salt plains exposed by the shrinking Aral Sea have been producing more and more dust storms over the years, making regional winters colder and summers hotter. Also, crops in the region are destroyed by salt being deposited onto the land.

 

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