When a sea breaks down into smaller lakes • Earth.com

Last update: January 25th, 2020 at 8:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day comes from the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look the Aral Sea, which was once a contiguous sea in central Asia but has since dried up into separate lakes.

This image was captured by astronauts on board the International Space Station and reveals how years of non-stop irrigation drove declining water levels.

The top portion, known as the North Aral Sea, broke off from the South Aral Sea in the 1980s, and was then dammed in 2005 to stop it from draining entirely.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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