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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • Once the fourth largest lake in the world, the Aral Sea was bled dry by a series of Soviet irrigation programs on the surrounding Central Asian plains. The satellite images above taken between 2000 and 2013, show the final stages of the Aral Sea’s drainage, a process that started just as the Nimbus satellites captured images of the lake in the 1960s.

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