Aral Sea Surrounded by Snow
The Aral Sea, on the border of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, is surrounded by snow. The shrinking of the sea has provoked local climate change, making winters colder and longer.
The bay of the Caspian Sea visible on the bottom left is the Garabogazköl, alternatively the Kara-Bogaz-Gol (literally “mighty strait lake”), a shallow inundated depression in the northwestern corner of Turkmenistan.
It is separated from the Caspian, which lies immediately to the west, by a narrow, rocky ridge. The water volume of the bay fluctuates seasonally with the Caspian Sea; at times it becomes a large bay, while at other times its water level drops drastically. The lighter color suggests that the waters of the Garabogazköl are currently shallower than those of the Caspian.
The outline of the Sarygamysh Lake, situated in north central Turkmenistan, between the Caspian Sea and the Aral Sea, can also be seen beneath the clouds and snow.