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Sarygamysh Lake and Chimboy Lake, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan

42.0N 57.3E

June 17th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan - May 23rd, 2011

Sarygamysh Lake, situated in north central Turkmenistan and southern Uzbekistan, 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.

Although the lake is filled with water at the time this image was acquired, some maps indicate that the lake is, at least partially, a dry lakebed from time to time.

To the north of Sarygamysh Lake is Chimboy Lake, which does appear to be a dry lakebed or large, white salt pan.


Basins of the Aral Sea and Nearby Salt Flats – May 17th, 2011

45.0N 60.0E

May 17th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Salt Flats

Aral Sea - May 2nd, 2011

The Aral Sea, located in Uzbekistan and Kazakstan, once one of the largest lakes in the world, has shrunk considerably and separated into three basins.

The northern basin appears bright green, while the two southern basins are lighter shades. The southeastern basin seems to have the least water, although most of the southern area in general is covered in white salt flats where deep water used to be.

Aydar Lake and Kyzyl-Kum Desert, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan – May 16th, 2011

40.7N 67.1E

May 16th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Image of the day, Lakes

Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan - May 2nd, 2011

The elongated lake in the lower half of this image of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan is Aydar Lake. It is part of a man-made system of lakes, which covers an area of 4,000 square kilometres (1,500 miĀ²) and includes 3 brackish water lakes: Lakes Aydar, Arnasay and Tuzkan.

Northwest of the lake is the Kyzyl-Kum Desert, whose territory consists mainly of an extensive plain at an altitude up to 300 m (about 1000 feet) above sea level, with a number of the depressions and highlands. Most of the area is covered with sand-dunes, which are best observed in the full image.

Partially Frozen Aral Sea, Uzbekistan and Kazakstan

45.4N 59.5E

April 12th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Aral Sea - March 30th, 2011

The Aral Sea, located in Uzbekistan and Kazakstan, is historically a saline lake. It is in the center of a large, flat desert basin. Here, the northern basin of the sea is frozen, and some ice is also present in the northern parts of the southwestern and southeastern basins.

In 1960 the Aral Sea was the world’s fourth largest lake, the size of the entirety of Southern California (at 26,250 square miles, approximately two hundred times larger than the Salton Sea).

In the past few decades, the Aral Sea’s volume has decreased by 75 percent , the equivalent of draining Lakes Erie and Ontario, and its surface area by 50 percent. The shoreline has receeded up to 120 km from its former shore. Sea level has fallen by more than 16 meters in this already shallow sea.

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.