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Sarygamysh Lake on Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan Border

41.7N 57.4E

January 2nd, 2012 Category: Lakes

Caspian Sea - December 30th, 2011

Sarygamysh Lake is situated mostly in north central Turkmenistan, although the northwest quarter of the lake belongs to the country of Uzbekistan. It is located approximately midway between the Caspian Sea and the Aral Sea. Part of the Caspian Sea can be seen at the far left edge of the full image, by Karabogas Bay.

Karabogas Bay is a shallow inundated depression in the northwestern corner of Turkmenistan that forms a lagoon of the Caspian Sea with a surface area of about 18000 km2. It is separated from the Caspian, which lies immediately to the west, by a narrow, rocky ridge with a very narrow opening in the rock through which the Caspian waters flow.

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).

Remnants of the Aral Sea, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

46.7N 61.6E

October 13th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Aral Sea - October 12th, 2011

The Aral Sea is a lake between Kazakhstan (Aktobe and Kyzylorda provinces) in the north and Karakalpakstan, an autonomous region of Uzbekistan, in the south.

Formerly one of the four largest lakes in the world with an area of 68,000 square kilometres (26,300 sq mi), by 2007 it had declined to 10% of its original size, splitting into four lakes – the North Aral Sea and the eastern and western basins of the once far larger South Aral Sea and one smaller lake between North and South Aral Sea.

By 2009, the south-eastern lake had disappeared and the south-western lake (left) retreated to a thin strip at the extreme west of the former southern sea. Here, the remnants of the south-eastern lake appear as a lime green area surrounded by white salt flats.

Caspian Sea, Sarygamysh Lake and Aral Sea

45.3N 52.3E

July 23rd, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Caspian Sea - July 14th, 2011

Green sediments color the waters of the northern part of the Caspian Sea. The majority of them enter the sea through the delta of the Volga River, visible as a fan-shaped dark green area along the northwestern shores, in southern Russia.

The central part of the sea appears dark blue, although the smaller Karabogas Bay, in Turkmenistan, at the central-east part of the coastline, is shallower and thus lighter in color.

Visible further east are two lakes: the small Sarygamysh Lake, on the border between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, and the Aral Sea, divided into three basins due to its shrinking size, on the border of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

Colorful Basins of the Aral Sea, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan – July 2nd, 2011

46.7N 61.6E

July 2nd, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Aral Sea - June 21st, 2011

The three main basins of the shrinking Aral Sea can be observed in this image of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Here, the southeastern basin appears bright green, while the southwestern and northern basins appear blue and turquoise in color.

Work is being done to restore in part the North Aral Sea. Irrigation works on the Syr Darya have been repaired and improved to increase its water flow. Also, since the completion of Dike Kokaral in August 2005, the water level of the North Aral has risen, and its salinity has decreased.