One of the worst environmental disasters on Earth - and one of the least known - the drying of the Aral Sea has economically devastated the once-prosperous fishing region around it in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. The area where its eastern basin dried up is now called the Aralkum Desert.
Several initiatives have been underway for a number of years to refill the sea, but in August 2014 satellite photos confirmed that its eastern basin had for the first time completely dried up.
Source: The Earth Observatory, NASA
- 2014-08-19 NASA satellites take photos showing that the eastern basin of the Aral Sea had for the first time completely dried up