Shrinking Aral Sea

Declining Aral Sea
These Envisat images highlight the dramatic reduction of the Aral Sea from 2006 to 2009. The Aral Sea was once the world’s fourth-largest inland body of water, but it has been steadily shrinking over the past 50 years since the rivers that fed it were diverted for irrigation projects.
Last update: 13 September 2010

Water world

 •  Ice caps (http://www.esa.int/esaKIDSen/SEMEVKXJD1E_Earth_0.html)
 •  Lakes (http://www.esa.int/esaKIDSen/SEM7PKXJD1E_Earth_0.html)
 •  Oceans (http://www.esa.int/esaKIDSen/SEM9OKXJD1E_Earth_0.html)
 •  Rivers (http://www.esa.int/esaKIDSen/SEMJNKXJD1E_Earth_0.html)