Skip to main content

Earthshots: Satellite images of environmental change – Aral Sea, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

Dates

Publication Date

Citation

U.S. Geological Survey, 2013, Earthshots: Satellite images of environmental change – Aral Sea, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan: U.S. Geological Survey.

Summary

Earthshots introduces remote sensing by showing examples of how environmental changes look from space. Before the 1960s, fishing in Central Asia's Aral Sea was an important resource for surrounding communities. When the rivers flowing into the Aral Sea were diverted to irrigate cotton and other crops, many more consequences than the loss of fishing resulted. Beginning in the 1960s, the Soviet Union began to divert water from the two major rivers in Central Asia—Amu Darya and Syr Darya—that flow into the Aral Sea to irrigate millions of acres of cotton and rice farms. Consequently, the volume of the Aral Sea has reduced from more than 700 cubic kilometers in 1960 to 75 cubic kilometers in 2007. As the water levels dropped, the water [...]

Contacts

Attached Files

Click on title to download individual files attached to this item.

metadata3744907924084629273.xml
Potential Metadata Source

View
2.22 KB
Thumbnail
Thumbnail

Tags

Categories
Types

Provenance

Data source
Harvester
Harvested on Tue May 31 04:17:15 MDT 2016 from MODS XML Service

Additional Information

Identifiers

Type Scheme Key
local-index unknown 70040777
local-pk unknown 70040777

Citation Extension

languageEnglish
citationTypeDataset

Item Actions

View Item as ...

Save Item as ...

View Item...