Images of the shrinking Aral Sea in Central Asia acquired by NASA satellites on August 25, 2000 (l) and August 19, 2014. The Aral Sea was once the world’s fourth largest lake, but has lost most of its water due to diversions of the rivers that sustained it. Images courtesy of NASA.
A satellite image of the Aral Sea acquired on August 22, 1964, by a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance satellite. The river diversions had just begun to impact the lake. Credit: US Air Force/US Geological Survey/NASA