The Aral Sea in Central Asia • Earth.com

Last update: January 18th, 2021 at 1:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the Aral Sea, which has been completely transformed in recent decades. Since the 1960s, the lake has shrunk and separated into three distinct basins. 

Located in Central Asia, the lake is exposed to weather extremes. 

The image was captured in the winter, with snow covering the ground around the North Aral Sea in Kazakhstan. This region appears to be completely frozen over. 

According to NASA, fishermen in the small town of Tastubek endure winters with sub-zero temperatures, yet continue to fish on the lake through holes dug in the ice. 

The western side of the South Aral Sea remained mostly free of ice, and emerald-green water is visible.  

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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