Salt Flats by Shores of Separated Aral Sea Basins – August 15th, 201045.1N 59.5E
The Aral Sea once had an area of 68,000 square kilometres (26,000 sq mi). However, it is been shrinking since the 1960s due to water diverted for irrigation.
As of three years ago, it had shrunk to 10% of its original size and separated into three basins: the North Aral Sea and the eastern and western basins of the once far larger South Aral Sea.
By 2009, the south-western lake had retreated to a thin strip at the extreme west of the former southern sea, and the south-eastern lake had disappeared. Here, the remnants of this lake appear surrounded by bright white salt flats, while the center is bright green.