Southern Basins of the Aral Sea, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan45.3N 59.5E
The Aral Sea, on the border of Kazakhstan (above) and Uzbekistan (below), has been shrinking since the 1960s. At 10% of its original size as of 2007, it now appears divided into three virtually separate bodies of water: the North Aral Sea and the eastern and western basins of the once far larger South Aral Sea.
As can be observed here, by 2009, the south-eastern lake had disappeared and the south-western lake retreated to a thin strip at the extreme west of the former southern sea. Here, the basin of the south-eastern lake (right) appears greyish in color, while the thin south-western lake (left) stands out against the surrounding snow-covered landscape. Here, the lower reaches of this lake are covered in ice.