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The Aral Desert: Once a Sea - Now, All Dried Up
October 27, 2014 10:42 AM - Anson Mackay

The Aral Sea is a well known environmental disaster zone. But this year, it got a whole (lot) worse, writes Anson Mackay, as its biggest basin dried up completely to expose a toxic, salty wasteland. With continuing irrigation and declining river flows due to climate change, the desert is only set to expand. The Aral Sea has reached a new low, literally and figuratively. New satellite images from NASA show that, for the first time in its recorded history, its largest basin has completely dried up. However, the Aral Sea has an interesting history - and as recently as 600-700 years ago it was as small, if not smaller, than today.

The Aral Desert: Once a Sea - Now, All Dried Up
October 27, 2014 10:42 AM - Anson Mackay

The Aral Sea is a well known environmental disaster zone. But this year, it got a whole (lot) worse, writes Anson Mackay, as its biggest basin dried up completely to expose a toxic, salty wasteland. With continuing irrigation and declining river flows due to climate change, the desert is only set to expand. The Aral Sea has reached a new low, literally and figuratively. New satellite images from NASA show that, for the first time in its recorded history, its largest basin has completely dried up. However, the Aral Sea has an interesting history - and as recently as 600-700 years ago it was as small, if not smaller, than today.

The Aral Desert: Once a Sea - Now, All Dried Up
October 27, 2014 10:42 AM - Anson Mackay

The Aral Sea is a well known environmental disaster zone. But this year, it got a whole (lot) worse, writes Anson Mackay, as its biggest basin dried up completely to expose a toxic, salty wasteland. With continuing irrigation and declining river flows due to climate change, the desert is only set to expand. The Aral Sea has reached a new low, literally and figuratively. New satellite images from NASA show that, for the first time in its recorded history, its largest basin has completely dried up. However, the Aral Sea has an interesting history - and as recently as 600-700 years ago it was as small, if not smaller, than today.

The Aral Desert: Once a Sea - Now, All Dried Up
October 27, 2014 10:42 AM - Anson Mackay

The Aral Sea is a well known environmental disaster zone. But this year, it got a whole (lot) worse, writes Anson Mackay, as its biggest basin dried up completely to expose a toxic, salty wasteland. With continuing irrigation and declining river flows due to climate change, the desert is only set to expand. The Aral Sea has reached a new low, literally and figuratively. New satellite images from NASA show that, for the first time in its recorded history, its largest basin has completely dried up. However, the Aral Sea has an interesting history - and as recently as 600-700 years ago it was as small, if not smaller, than today.

The Aral Desert: Once a Sea - Now, All Dried Up
October 27, 2014 10:42 AM - Anson Mackay

The Aral Sea is a well known environmental disaster zone. But this year, it got a whole (lot) worse, writes Anson Mackay, as its biggest basin dried up completely to expose a toxic, salty wasteland. With continuing irrigation and declining river flows due to climate change, the desert is only set to expand. The Aral Sea has reached a new low, literally and figuratively. New satellite images from NASA show that, for the first time in its recorded history, its largest basin has completely dried up. However, the Aral Sea has an interesting history - and as recently as 600-700 years ago it was as small, if not smaller, than today.

The Aral Desert: Once a Sea - Now, All Dried Up
October 27, 2014 10:42 AM - Anson Mackay

The Aral Sea is a well known environmental disaster zone. But this year, it got a whole (lot) worse, writes Anson Mackay, as its biggest basin dried up completely to expose a toxic, salty wasteland. With continuing irrigation and declining river flows due to climate change, the desert is only set to expand. The Aral Sea has reached a new low, literally and figuratively. New satellite images from NASA show that, for the first time in its recorded history, its largest basin has completely dried up. However, the Aral Sea has an interesting history - and as recently as 600-700 years ago it was as small, if not smaller, than today.

The Aral Desert: Once a Sea - Now, All Dried Up
October 27, 2014 10:42 AM - Anson Mackay

The Aral Sea is a well known environmental disaster zone. But this year, it got a whole (lot) worse, writes Anson Mackay, as its biggest basin dried up completely to expose a toxic, salty wasteland. With continuing irrigation and declining river flows due to climate change, the desert is only set to expand. The Aral Sea has reached a new low, literally and figuratively. New satellite images from NASA show that, for the first time in its recorded history, its largest basin has completely dried up. However, the Aral Sea has an interesting history - and as recently as 600-700 years ago it was as small, if not smaller, than today.

El mar se calienta pero no en la profundidad
October 16, 2014 11:46 AM - Carol Rasmussen, NASA Earth Science News Team

Las aguas frías del océano profundo de la Tierra no se han calentado perceptiblemente desde 2005, según un nuevo estudio de la NASA, dejando sin resolver el misterio de por qué el calentamiento global parece haber disminuido en los últimos años. Los científicos del Laboratorio de Propulsión a Chorro de la NASA (JPL) en Pasadena, California, analizaron datos de satélite y de temperatura directa del mar desde 2005 hasta 2013 y encontraron que el abismo del océano por debajo de 1.24 millas (1,995 metros) no se ha calentado de manera perceptible. El coautor del estudio Josh Willis, del JPL, dijo estas conclusiones no arrojan sospechas sobre el propio cambio climático. "El nivel del mar sigue aumentando", señaló Willis. "Estamos tratando de entender los detalles esenciales."

While Water Warms, NASA Study Reveals Deep Sea Hasn't
October 6, 2014 03:26 PM - Carol Rasmussen, NASA Earth Science News Team

The cold waters of Earth's deep ocean have not warmed measurably since 2005, according to a new NASA study, leaving unsolved the mystery of why global warming appears to have slowed in recent years. Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, analyzed satellite and direct ocean temperature data from 2005 to 2013 and found the ocean abyss below 1.24 miles (1,995 meters) has not warmed measurably. Study coauthor Josh Willis of JPL said these findings do not throw suspicion on climate change itself.

While Water Warms, NASA Study Reveals Deep Sea Hasn't
October 6, 2014 03:26 PM - Carol Rasmussen, NASA Earth Science News Team

The cold waters of Earth's deep ocean have not warmed measurably since 2005, according to a new NASA study, leaving unsolved the mystery of why global warming appears to have slowed in recent years. Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, analyzed satellite and direct ocean temperature data from 2005 to 2013 and found the ocean abyss below 1.24 miles (1,995 meters) has not warmed measurably. Study coauthor Josh Willis of JPL said these findings do not throw suspicion on climate change itself.

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