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Remnants of the Aral Sea, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

46.7N 61.6E

October 13th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Aral Sea - October 12th, 2011

The Aral Sea is a lake between Kazakhstan (Aktobe and Kyzylorda provinces) in the north and Karakalpakstan, an autonomous region of Uzbekistan, in the south.

Formerly one of the four largest lakes in the world with an area of 68,000 square kilometres (26,300 sq mi), by 2007 it had declined to 10% of its original size, splitting into four lakes – the North Aral Sea and the eastern and western basins of the once far larger South Aral Sea and one smaller lake between North and South Aral Sea.

By 2009, the south-eastern lake had disappeared and the south-western lake (left) retreated to a thin strip at the extreme west of the former southern sea. Here, the remnants of the south-eastern lake appear as a lime green area surrounded by white salt flats.

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