By: Maria Vargas
The Aral Sea is shrinking due to it drying up, replacing what used to be the blue water with a white coat. However, radar satellite detect the sea’s shores as a colorful abstract painting. 50 years ago, the Aral Sea lost its two rivers to Soviet irrigation projects and ever since 1960, it lost 90% of its volume. What once was the world’s fourth largest inland body of water, is now an artistic painting from space. In response to the sea depleting, local business and fisheries have suffered. Besides becoming more salty, the remnants of the Aral Sea is filled with pollution from agricultural fertilizer and pesticides. Such problems create dust storms making it a public health threat.