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Aral Sea and Nearby Deserts

44.8N 59.8E

July 26th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

The Aral Sea - June 30th, 2009

The Aral Sea - June 30th, 2009

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The arid  landscape of Kazakhstan (above), Uzbekistan (center) and Turkmenistan (below) includes two important stretches of desert: the Kyzyl Kum and the Karakum.

The Kyzyl Kum, or Qyzylqum, Desert stretches between the the Amu Darya (below) and Syr Darya (above, right) Rivers. It is the 11th largest desert in the world.

The Karakum, on the other hand, lies south of the Amu Darya. It occupies about 70% of the land in Turkmenistan.

This area region is punctuated by several bodies of water, including the ever-smaller Aral Sea (top) and the Sarygamysh Lake (lower left).

The close-up focuses on the South Aral Sea, which further divided into eastern and western basins in 2003. Here, the western basin shows some green swirls of algae or sediments, while the eastern basin appears very shallow.

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