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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.

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.