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Sarygamysh Lake and Syr Darya River, Turkmenistan

41.7N 57.4E

February 26th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Turkmenistan - December 31st, 2011

The Sarygamysh Lake , Turkmen for ‘Yellow Depression,” is situated in north central Turkmenistan and visible in the lower left quadrant of this image. It is geographically located approximately midway between the Caspian Sea and the Aral Sea. Approximately the northwest quarter of the lake belongs to the country of Uzbekistan, while the rest belongs to Turkmenistan. Here, sediments line the northwestern shores.

To the east and northeast of the lake is the Syr Darya River, which rises in two headstreams in the Tian Shan Mountains in Kyrgyzstan and eastern Uzbekistan—the Naryn River and the Kara Darya—and flows for some 2,212 kilometres (1,374 mi) west and north-west Uzbekistan and southern Kazakhstan to the remains of the Aral Sea. The Syr Darya drains an area of over 800,000 square kilometres (310,000 sq mi). Along its course, the Syr Darya irrigates the most fertile cotton-growing region in the whole of Central Asia.

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.

Aydar Lake Filled by Syr Darya River

40.8N 67.0E

October 2nd, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Aral Sea - August 29th, 2010

Water from the Syr Darya river (visible in the full image) spills into Aydar Lake, the dark blue body of water in the center of this image. The lake is located in a saline depression, and was formed as the unintentional byproduct of Soviet dams and irrigation projects.

Since 1969 Aydar Lake has regularly received the waters of the Syr Darya River when they overflow the capacity of the Chardarya Reservoir. This has gradually filled up the natural cavity of Arnasay lowland to create the second largest lake in the region (after the remains of the Aral Sea).

Lakes and Rivers Near the Aral Sea

July 19th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Aral Sea - July 4th, 2010

Aral Sea - July 4th, 2010

Several rivers and lakes can be observed in this image of parts of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan (from north to south, respectively).

The three lakes clustered together in the upper left quadrant, surrounded by salt flats, are the now separated basins of the shrunken Aral Sea. The lake to the south, with a more rounded shape, is Sarygamysh Lake.

Between that lake and the Aral Sea basins is the Amu Darya River, which crosses the image diagonally, creating irrigated green areas amidst the arid tan desert.

Another river, the Syr Darya, is situated further north, east of the upper Aral Sea basin. Connected to the Syr Darya and due east of Sarygamysh Lake is the bright green Aydar Lake.

Syr Darya River and Aydar Lake, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

40.8N 67.0E

July 18th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan - June 30th, 2010

Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan - June 30th, 2010

The fertile areas along the Syr Darya River create a veiny stretch of green that archs across Kazakhstan, east of the Aral Sea, and down into Aydar Lake in Uzbekistan. This bright turquoise lake can be seen in the lower right quadrant.

Aydar Lake is part of the man-made Aydar-Arnasay system of lakes, which covers an area of 4,000 square kilometres (1,500 mi²). This system includes 3 brackish water lakes (Aydar Kul, Arnasay and Tuzkan) located in the saline depressions of the south-eastern Kyzyl Kum (now in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan).