Death of the Aral Sea

The Aral Sea in 1989 (left) and in 2014 (right)
The Aral Sea in 1989 (left) and in 2014 (right)

Historical Context

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.

Photo Info


Date taken: August 19, 2014
Location taken: Aral Sea

Source: The Earth Observatory, NASA

Related Events

  • 2014-08-19 NASA satellites take photos showing that the eastern basin of the Aral Sea had for the first time completely dried up

Historical Photos