Kyzyl Kum Desert and Shrinking Aral Sea – October 12th, 201243.7N 62.1E
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.