Dust Blows Northwards Towards Aral Sea
Some dust blows through Turkmenistan (bottom) and Uzbekistan (middle), then upwards into Kazakhstan (top). It partially clouds the view of Turkmenistan’s dark blue Sarygamysh Lake (center left), though is has not yet reached the continually shrinking Aral Sea (top left).
Such dust may actually contribute to the heavy pollution affecting the Aral Sea and surounding areas. Although this pollutions is largely the result of weapons testing, industrial projects, pesticides and fertilizer runoff, there are other contributing factors. Wind-blown salt from the dried seabed damages crops and polluted drinking water. Salt- and dust-laden air cause serious public health problems in the Aral Sea region.