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Sediments in Sarygamysh Lake and Amu Darya River – September 28th, 2010

41.9N 57.1E

September 28th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers, Sediments

Aral Sea - August 29th, 2010

The thumbnail image focuses on Sarygamysh Lake, near the Aral Sea. The northwest quarter of the lake belongs to the country of Uzbekistan, while the rest belongs to Turkmenistan. Tan colored sediments can be seen entering the lake by its eastern shores.

Upon opening the full image, the Amu Darya River, bordered by fertile green land in contrast with the surrounding arid landscape, can be observed. Use of water from the Amu Darya for irrigation has been a major contributing factor to the shrinking of the Aral Sea since the late 1950s.

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