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Bodies of Water Around the Ustyurt Plateau, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan

45.0N 60.0E

October 5th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Aral Sea - September 1st, 2009

Aral Sea - September 1st, 2009

The Ustyurt Plateau stretches between the Caspian Sea (left) and the Aral Sea (upper right quadrant) in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, Central Asia. It extends roughly 200,000 km², with an average elevation of 150 meters, and consists primarily of stony desert.

Other notable bodies of water include the greenish-blue Karabogas Bay, lower left, a shallow inundated depression in the northwestern corner of Turkmenistan. It forms a bay of the Caspian Sea with a surface area of about 7,000 mi².

Moving eastward, the dark Sarygamysh Lake, situated in north central Turkmenistan, although approximately the northwest quarter of the lake belongs to Uzbekistan.

The greenish area to the lake’s northeast is vegetation around the Amu Darya River, which once fed the Aral Sea to its north. Since the Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers were diverted by Soviet Union irrigation projects, the Aral Sea has shrunken rapidly. As of 2007 it had declined to 10% of its original size, splitting into three separate lakes, two of which are too salty to support fish

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