Worldview Image of the Week

Aral Sea, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan

Worldview Image of the Week: Comparison image of Aral Sea

MODIS data image of a shrinking Aral Sea, November 2021.



True-color corrected reflectance images of the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan acquired 20 years apart, where November 30, 2001, is on the left and November 26, 2021, is on the right. These images were acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradometer (MODIS), aboard NASA's Terra satellite. The Aral Sea began shrinking in the 1960's due to water being diverted for irrigation projects.

Click on the image to visit Worldview and move the center swipe bar left and right to see the stark difference between 2001 and 2021 in the size of the sea.

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