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Figure 4.2
Aral' Sea. This set of four photographs (NASA photographs STS51F-36-059, STS047-79-082, NM21-762-025A, and NASA6-707-034) provides a pictorial time series of water-level drops in the Aral' Sea from 1985 through early 1998. Note that the sequence includes the cutoff near the Syr Darya delta (a) between the northern and southern basins between 1985 and 1992. Also note the shape of the Amu Darya deltaic coastline (b) and the progresively increased size of Vozrozhdeniya Island (c). Finally, between 1996 and 1998, Barsakel'mes Island, the arrow-shaped island (d), joins with the mainland to become a peninsula.