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tlr online
05-12-03, 11:15
Though the Aral Sea was once the world's fourth largest inland sea, today it is little more than three shallow bodies of water that are evaporating and shrinking at an advanced rate. The Sea is shrinking for several reasons. One is that the Sea is surrounded by the Central Asian deserts, whose heat leach 60 square kilometers of waver from its surface every year. Second, four decades of agricultural development along the Syr Darya (eastern) and Amu Darya (southern) rivers have significantly decreased the amount of fresh water flowing into the Sea. By 1995, the volume of the Sea had decreased by 75 percent, and by the year 2000, 42,000 square kilometers (16,220 sq mi) of land had been exposed.

In this true-color Terra MODIS image from November 29, 2003, the eastern half of the Sea (called the Southern Aral Sea) has shrunk significantly and its shallow waters choked with sediment.

http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/images/image12052003_md.jpg

Copyright 2003 NASA

chocco
05-12-03, 13:55
If you look on the left side of the sea you can see a large image of a penquin. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

I wonder if this loss of water has been having any effect on any wildlife, if any?

Celli
06-12-03, 03:37
In 10th grade, we spent about a week in my Social Studies class discussing the Aral Sea. All animal life in the water is dead because the quality of the water has become too salty to support any life, and too many pesticides from the nearby farmlands are running off into the water. Plus the water is being depleted at an alarming rate because of irrigation for the crops.