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Partially Frozen Southern Basins of Aral Sea – January 17th, 2011

44.4N 58.8E

January 17th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Salt Flats

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The Aral Sea appears partially frozen in this image of Kazakhstan (upper half of image) and Uzbekistan (lower half). The southwestern basin appears to have a greater coating of ice, while than in the southeastern basin shows less.

Visible south of the basins are various channels of the Amu Darya River. In the full image, Sarygamysh Lake can be seen west of the river as well. The white area west of the channels in the image thumbnail is a salt flat, rather than another frozen lake.

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