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Kyzyl Kum Desert and Shrinking Aral Sea – October 12th, 2012

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October 12th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Image of the day, Lakes

Aral Sea – October 9th, 2012

Visible in the upper left quadrant of this image is the shrinking Aral Sea, now separated into three basins. Here, water in the northern and southwestern basins appears greenish blue from phytoplankton growth, while the southeastern basin appears much shallower and drier, and is ringed by white salt flats.

South and east of the shrunken sea is the Kyzyl Kum, the 11th largest desert in the world. It is located in Central Asia in the doab between the rivers Amu Darya and Syr Darya, and is divided between Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. It covers about 298,000 km2 (115,000 sq mi). The territory consists mainly of an extensive plain at an altitude up to 300 m (980 ft) above sea level, with a number of depressions and highlands. Most of the area is covered with sand-dunes.

One Response to “Kyzyl Kum Desert and Shrinking Aral Sea – October 12th, 2012”

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    The central sea seems to be a bit higher that it was in August, but still far from what we saw 18 months ago. The 2010-2011 improvement turned out to be a fluke after all, we are almost back to summer 2009. Will the central lake be gone by next year?

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