Salt Flats by Three Basins of the Shrinking Aral Sea – September 16th, 201044.8N 59.6E
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.