Aral Sea Natural Disaster – World’s Fourth Largest Lake Has Almost Completely Dried Up Within 50 Years

The Aral Sea Natural Disaster – The following satellite images by NASA show that the world’s fourth largest lake has almost completely dried up within the last fifty years.

Water irrigation to transform the desert into farms is the principal reason for these alarming and freaky images.

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The Aral Sea has almost totally disappeared. Photo: NASA

The Aral Sea has almost completely dried up. This is shown in the following satellite photographs by NASA. This once 1,274sq/m lake, situated in the desertic and arid Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan, is now less than 10% of its initial size.

The Aral sea between 1989 and 2003. The Lake has lost more than 10% of its surface. Photo: Nasa Earth Observatory, aral sea, aral sea photo, aral sea desertification, aral sea desertification, aral sea irrigation
The Aral sea between 1989 and 2003. The Lake has lost more than 10% of its surface. Photo: Nasa Earth Observatory

The Aral Sea, once an immense lake, began declining in the 1960s when the Soviet Union decided to divert two major rivers in order to transform the desert into farms.

It’s pretty improbable to change a desert into fertile earth!

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  1. […] A lake isn’t a permanent fixture of the landscape. Some lakes naturally come and go from year to year, as the flow of water into and out of them changes throughout the months. For others, though, once they are gone, they are gone forever. But the causes of their disappearances are varied. For example, the Aral Sea has almost completely dried up because of a bad water politic. […]

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