Death of the Aral Sea

Date taken: August 19, 2014
Location: Aral Sea

Source: The Earth Observatory, NASA

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.

Historical 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