Written by: Lisa Stelzner
Primary Source: Daily Dose of Science Blog
Have you ever heard of the Aral Sea in Central Asia? It used to be the fourth-largest lake in the world. Now it has almost completely dried up. In the 1960s it started shrinking when the lake’s waters were diverted for irrigation. The satellite photos in this link show how the lake has changed, superimposed over the lake’s original boundaries, from 2001 to 2014. Now there is no more fishing to support the local communities and salt and dust are blowing from the lakebed, ruining farmland and causing respiratory issues. Temperatures and climate are even getting more extreme.
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