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Snowfall around Aral Sea

February 19th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Aral Sea - February 15th, 2009

Aral Sea - February 15th, 2009

Snow blankets most of the perimeter of the Aral Sea, on the border of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The last time this area was observed, snow completely surrounded the lake.

Winters in the region have become colder and last longer due to climate change caused by the shrinking of the sea.

There are now three lakes in the Aral Basin: the North Aral Sea and the eastern and western basins of the South Aral Sea.

The North Aral Sea is completely covered by snow, while both basins of the South Aral Sea are visible.

The eastern basin appears shallower  than its western counterpart and contains some tan sediments around the shoreline.

The dark color of the western basin indicates greater depth.

source Wikipedia

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