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NASA Satellite Data Find There Is Hope For Water In Aral Sea Basin
2014-02-14 14:25:27

Carol Rasmussen, NASA Earth Science News Team - NASA A new study using data from NASA satellite missions finds that, although the long-term water picture for the Aral Sea watershed in Central Asia remains bleak, short-term prospects are better than previously thought. Once the fourth largest inland sea in the world, the Aral Sea has lost 90 percent of its water volume over the last 50 years. Its watershed -- the enormous closed basin around the sea -- encompasses Uzbekistan and parts...

NASA's Landsat Satellite Searching For A Cloud-Free View
2013-05-23 09:07:13

NASA For decades, Landsat satellites have documented the desiccation of the Aral Sea in Central Asia. Once one of the largest seas in the world, it shrunk to a tenth of its original volume after Russia diverted its feeder rivers in the 1960s. Scientists studying the Aral Sea's changing ecology and retreating shoreline have looked to Landsat -- and a new feature of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission will help ensure they get a clear, cloud-free view. One of two new spectral bands...

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2009-07-10 11:10:00

The eastern portion of the Aral Sea has shrunk by 80 percent since 2006, the European Space Agency reported on Friday. Using Envisat images, the ESA revealed a massive decrease in shoreline between July 1, 2006 and July 6, 2009 for what was once considered the world's fourth-largest inland body of water. The Aral Sea was split into two portions during the 1980s "“ the Small Aral Sea, found in Kazakhstan, and the Large Aral Sea, which is found in both Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. By 2000,...

2008-10-02 12:03:53

Text of report by Uzbek privately-owned newspaper Biznes-Vestnik Vostoka on 2 October Uzbek Foreign Minister Vladimir Norov has made a speech at a round table meeting dedicated to the UN millennium development goals at the UN headquarters in New York. The minister spoke about Uzbekistan's achievements in fighting poverty, improving the population's health and educational level. He stressed Uzbekistan's efforts to protect the environment and, in particular softening the consequences of the...

2008-09-29 09:00:28

Uzbekistan urges reasonable use of water resources in Central Asia UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Uzbekistan's Foreign Minister Vladimir Norov on Saturday called for reasonable use of water resources in Central Asia so as to prevent ecological damages to the region. "... all of us are laid with responsibility for reasonable use of natural resources, including the transboundary rivers in Central Asia," Norov told world leaders attending the UN General Assembly's annual debate....

2008-06-28 12:02:22

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon has said his country is ready to provide drinking water from its lake to people in Central Asia. In his speech at a Tajik-hosted international conference on reduction of the danger of water-related natural disasters on 27 June, President Rahmon also blamed a drought in Central Asia for lack of some foodstuffs in the country. The Tajik president also said that his country would not implement hydro-energy projects to the detriment of its neighbours. The following...

2008-06-17 06:00:17

By Sabrina Tavernise David L. Stern contributed reporting from Tajikistan. * Salt crunches underfoot like frosty soil on this bare stretch of land in western Uzbekistan. "Thirty years ago, this was a cotton field," said a 61-year-old farmer who has lived near this city all his life. "Now, it's a salt flat." Uzbekistan, a landlocked country that was once part of the Soviet Union, is home to one of the biggest man-made disasters in history. For decades, its rivers were diverted to grow...

2008-06-16 06:00:17

By Sabrina Tavernise David L. Stern contributed reporting from Tajikistan. * Salt crunches underfoot like frosty soil on this bare stretch of land in western Uzbekistan. "Thirty years ago, this was a cotton field," said a 61-year-old farmer who has lived near this city all his life. "Now it's a salt flat." Uzbekistan, a landlocked country that was once part of the Soviet Union, is home to one of the biggest man-made disasters in history. For decades its rivers were diverted to grow...

2008-05-15 09:01:00

Text of report in English by Malaysian official news agency Bernama website [Bernama report from the "General" page: "Petronas Signs PSA And GTL Agreements In Uzbekistan"] Kuala Lumpur, May 14 (Bernama) - PETRONAS has signed a Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) for a group of fields and a Heads of Agreement (HOA) for a gas-to-liquid (GTL) project in Uzbekistan, making further inroads into the Uzbek oil and gas industry. Through wholly-owned subsidiary PETRONAS Carigali Overseas Sdn Bhd...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.