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Aral sea in 2001 as seen by images from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite.
Although irrigation made the desert bloom, it devastated the Aral Sea.
This series of images from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite documents the changes in the the Aral Sea throughout the past decade.
At the start of the series in 2000, the lake was already a fraction of its 1960 extent (black line).
The Northern Aral Sea (sometimes called the Small Aral Sea) had separated from the Southern (Large) Aral Sea.
The Southern Aral Sea had split into an eastern and a western lobe that remained tenuously connected at both ends.
Photo and words: NASA