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Aydar Lake Filled by Syr Darya River

40.8N 67.0E

October 2nd, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Aral Sea - August 29th, 2010

Water from the Syr Darya river (visible in the full image) spills into Aydar Lake, the dark blue body of water in the center of this image. The lake is located in a saline depression, and was formed as the unintentional byproduct of Soviet dams and irrigation projects.

Since 1969 Aydar Lake has regularly received the waters of the Syr Darya River when they overflow the capacity of the Chardarya Reservoir. This has gradually filled up the natural cavity of Arnasay lowland to create the second largest lake in the region (after the remains of the Aral Sea).

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