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Lakes and Rivers Near the Aral Sea

July 19th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Aral Sea - July 4th, 2010

Aral Sea - July 4th, 2010

Several rivers and lakes can be observed in this image of parts of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan (from north to south, respectively).

The three lakes clustered together in the upper left quadrant, surrounded by salt flats, are the now separated basins of the shrunken Aral Sea. The lake to the south, with a more rounded shape, is Sarygamysh Lake.

Between that lake and the Aral Sea basins is the Amu Darya River, which crosses the image diagonally, creating irrigated green areas amidst the arid tan desert.

Another river, the Syr Darya, is situated further north, east of the upper Aral Sea basin. Connected to the Syr Darya and due east of Sarygamysh Lake is the bright green Aydar Lake.

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