Last update: February 19th, 2020 at 8:00 am
Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency shows the heart-shaped Aral Sea.
This beautiful, emerald body of water is shrinking as a direct result of human activities.
Before the 1950s, the Syr Darya and the Amu Darya rivers carried freshwater down from the mountains and into the Aral Sea, which lies between Kazakhstan in the north and Uzbekistan in the south.
In the 1960s, Soviet irrigation projects diverted the rivers to the desert. This has caused the Aral Sea, which was once the fourth largest lake in the world, to shrink dramatically.
The image was captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission on August 30, 2018.
Image Credit: European Space Agency