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Plume of Dust Near Amu Darya River

37.4N 66.2E

February 28th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – February 28th, 2013

A plume of dust blows westward and then northward over the Amu Darya River, southeast of the Caspian Sea, in the border region of Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Desertification has been a problem in this region, resulting in an increased frequency of dust storms.

Kyzyl Kum Desert and Shrinking Aral Sea – October 12th, 2012

43.7N 62.1E

October 12th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Image of the day, Lakes

Aral Sea – October 9th, 2012

Visible in the upper left quadrant of this image is the shrinking Aral Sea, now separated into three basins. Here, water in the northern and southwestern basins appears greenish blue from phytoplankton growth, while the southeastern basin appears much shallower and drier, and is ringed by white salt flats.

South and east of the shrunken sea is the Kyzyl Kum, the 11th largest desert in the world. It is located in Central Asia in the doab between the rivers Amu Darya and Syr Darya, and is divided between Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. It covers about 298,000 km2 (115,000 sq mi). The territory consists mainly of an extensive plain at an altitude up to 300 m (980 ft) above sea level, with a number of depressions and highlands. Most of the area is covered with sand-dunes.