“Once the fourth-largest lake in the world, Central Asia’s shrinking Aral Sea has reached a new low, thanks to decades-old water diversions and a more recent drought.” 

Source: blog.education.nationalgeographic.com

I have posted many times in the past about the Aral Sea, but this recent event has been the most dramatic update in years.  The Eastern portion of the lake has been receding for decades, but it is now officially gone.  This fantastic set of satellite images of the region painfully chronicles the decline of the Aral Sea as irrigation in the region diverted all the sources of the lake.   

Tags: environment, Central Asia, environment modify.