According to the recent images revealed by NASA, there seems to be a shocking decline of water in the Aral Sea. This immense environmental is disaster named as ‘the quiet Chernobyl’.
The NASA officials stated that, the NASA Terra has started capturing the images back in 2000. It was the time when the huge Aral Sea (Central Asian Lake) previously a fraction of its 1960s size as shown in the image, the black line).
A NASA’s official told FoxNews.com, “Actually, it portrays the command of long-standing satellite from space.” Terra Satellite will have been in space from the past 15 years.
The Aral Sea, which is believed to be the victim of water-diversion projects in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, was the 4th largest lake of the world and now just 10% left of its actual volume.
Certainly, the Aral Sea’s water was previously divided into Northern and Southern Aral Seas way back in 2000 naming small and large seas. The satellite image taken in 2000 shows the Southern Sea was divided into distantly joined eastern and western ‘lobes,’ or basins.
In just 12 months, the southern portion of the sea had been lost and on the other hand, eastern basin started to rapidly retreat over the following years. The recent conditions caused the basin to completely dry up for the first time in contemporary times, NASA revealed.
NASA further told that, as the lake dried up, the fisheries, and other terrestrial communities lived there collapsed too with the increase in salty water, which is polluted with fertilizer and pesticides.
Moreover, the blowing dust from the exposed lake-bed which is contaminated with agriculture chemicals seems to be another big health hazard for the public.
The last ditched attempt to save lake was a dam building by Kazakhstan’s in 2005, though was in fact “a death sentence” for the Southern Aral Sea, NASA told.