What remains of the Aral Sea

Today’s Image of the Day comes from the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at the Aral Sea, which sits between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

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Today’s Image of the Day comes from the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at the Aral Sea, which sits between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

The Aral Sea used to be the fourth largest lake in the world, when the government of the former Soviet Union would channel water into it from two major rivers. Since then, it has shrunk to a tenth of its former size and broken into several smaller bodies.

This image was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory