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Aydar Lake by Kyzyl Kum Desert, Uzbekistan

40.8N 67.0E

October 25th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Lakes

Uzbekistan - October 24th, 2011

Aydar Lake, in Uzbekistan, can be observed at the center right. It is part of the man-made Aydar-Arnasay system of lakes, in the saline depressions of the south-eastern Kyzyl Kum desert in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

Today the area of Aydar Lake is about 3,000 square kilometres (1,200 mi²). It is nearly 250 km (160 mi) long and up to 15 km (9.3 mi) wide.  The entire Aydar-Arnasay system of lakes covers an area of 4,000 square kilometres (1,500 mi²).

Syr Darya River Flowing by Aydar Lake Towards Aral Sea

42.6N 68.1E

June 28th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Kazakhstan - June 21st, 2011

The Syr Darya can be seen flowing across this image near the Aydar Lake (bottom). It is a river in Central Asia that rises in two headstreams in the Tian Shan Mountains in Kyrgyzstan and eastern Uzbekistan.

It flows for some 2,212 kilometres (1,374 mi) west and north-west Uzbekistan and southern Kazakhstan to the remains of the Aral Sea.

Along its course, the Syr Darya irrigates the most fertile cotton-growing region in the whole of Central Asia. Massive expansion of irrigation canals during the Soviet period, to irrigate cotton fields, caused ecological damage to the area, with the river drying up long before reaching the Aral Sea which, as a result, has shrunk to a small remnant of its former size.

Snow in Kyzyl Kum Desert Near Aydar Lake, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan

41.2N 67.9E

February 9th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Uzbekistan and Pakistan - January 16th, 2011

Snow can be seen in the Kyzyl Kum Desert in Uzbekistan and southern Kazakhstan near Aydar Lake. The area around the lake and part of the Syr Darya River in the upper right corner is free of snow.

However, some snow is present by the reservoir created by the Sharadara Bogeni dam at Chardarya, Kazakhstan. The Syr Darya seems to connect the reservoir to Aydar Lake.

Smoke in the Fergana Valley, Uzbekistan

40.7N 72.6E

January 3rd, 2011 Category: Fires, Lakes, Mountains

Uzbekistan - December 25th, 2010

Smoke, and possibly some dust, is visible in the Fergana Valley, east of the Aydar Lake in Uzbekistan. surrounded by the Pamir Mountains, in Uzbekistan. The valley spreads across eastern Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

It is situated in an intermountain depression in Central Asia, between the mountain systems of the Tian-Shan in the north and the Gissar-Alai in the south. The valley is approximately 300 km long and up to 70 km wide, forming an area of 22,000 km2.

Syr Darya River Entering Aydar Lake, Uzbekistan

40.8N 67.0E

November 23rd, 2010 Category: Fires, Lakes, Mountains

Uzbekistan - November 9th, 2010

Waters from the Syr Darya River spill into Aydar Lake in Uzbekistan. The lake is part of the man-made Aydar-Arnasay system of lakes, the unintentional byproduct of Soviet planning.

The land northwest of the lake is covered by the Kyzyl-Kum Desert, which covers a large portion of Uzbekistan’s Navoiy Province.

East of the lake lie the Pamir Mountains, a mountain range in Central Asia formed by the junction of the Himalayas, Tian Shan, Karakoram, Kunlun, and Hindu Kush ranges. They are among the world’s highest mountains.