Fastest shrinking sea

Last updated: October 14, 2017 at 18:52 pm

The Aral Sea (Sea of Islands), located in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, has been shrinking for the last 40 years due to irrigation. Since irrigation began, Aral’s original surface area of 68,000 km2 (26,000 sq mi) has shrunk to 17,160 km2 (6,626 sq mi). In 2014, the sea’s eastern lobe was completely dry for the first time in 600 years. The Aral Sea was once the fourth largest lake in the world. Restauration work on the North Aral Sea has resulted in slight increases in water levels.

SOURCE:
DRAINAGE BASIN OF THE ARAL SEA AND OTHER TRANSBOUNDARY SURFACE WATERS IN CENTRAL ASIA. United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). 2005.
Ilan Greenberg (2006-04-06). As a Sea Rises, So Do Hopes for Fish, Jobs and Riches. The New York Times.

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