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Salt Flats by Three Basins of the Shrinking Aral Sea – September 16th, 2010

44.8N 59.6E

September 16th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Salt Flats

Aral Sea - August 29th, 2010

This image shows the sad state of the Aral Sea, once one of the world’s largest bodies of water, with a surface area of 68,000 square kilometres (26,000 sq mi). The saline lake is about 10% of its original size and has separated into three basins.

All three basins can be observed in the full image, although the thumbnail focuses on the eastern and western basins of the South Aral Sea.

The southeastern basin is significantly shallower than the southwestern one. Here, it appears lighter and greener than its deeper and darker toned neighbor. The area between the basins and to the east, once filled with water, is now covered by white salt flats.

2 Responses to “Salt Flats by Three Basins of the Shrinking Aral Sea – September 16th, 2010”

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    Marcus Weekes :

    What a sad state of affairs this is.
    However, i hear that at the northern end of the sea, a dam system is now in place with a further effort under construction ( a valiant effort!)
    I have to pinch myself to even think that things can be let go this badly.
    I feel ashamed as a human being.
    I feel sorry for the people of this region who were just left to suffer from this disaster
    a lot of whom died i believe.
    The result of crass stupidity created by bureaucrats hundreds of miles away.
    So what are the long term plans for the Aral sea?.
    Is there any future?.

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