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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: NM21-746-24 Date: May 1996
Geographic Region: UZBEKISTAN

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  NM21-746-024 Aral Sea, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan Spring-Summer 1996
As a result of the shrinking size (due to the loss of recharge water and a high rate of evaporation) of the Aral Sea, both Vozrozhdeniya Island (irregular-shaped, large) and Barsakel'mes Island (elongated, smaller) are gaining more surface area, which was formerly the sea floor. If sea level continues to drop the Aral Sea could continue to become more compartmentalized (the Little Aral Sea - not in this image - has already been created north of the Aral Sea). As more of the sea bottom is exposed and the islands and peninsulas become connected land, the existing Aral Sea could become several separate bodies of water - forming new lakes. Since much less fresh water now enters the sea (most water diverted for agriculture), salinity levels have steadily increased since 1960. The bright area in the eastern (left) half of the sea is caused by the sun's reflection off of the water's surface, a phenomenon known as sunglint or sun glitter. A pipeline right of way and a road (thin, light-colored, lined feature) parallel the west side of the sea.
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 335k
Mission: NM21  
Roll - Frame: 746 - 24
Geographical Name: UZBEKISTAN  
Center Lat x Lon: 44.5N x 59.5E
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 5
Camera: HB
Camera Tilt: 53   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 100  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: E   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?: Y   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 999  
Date: 19960514   YYYYMMDD
Time: 084801   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 46.2N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 55.1E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 196   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 210   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 62   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: ISLAND  
Water Views: SEA, SUNGLINT  
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