I came across a story of the Aral Sea, and found it hard to believe, but its true. The Aral Sea is almost dry. At one time, one of the four largest lakes in the world.
Photograph's on the right show aerial views of the Aral Sea in 1988 and 2009. The dark green patch shows the area covered by water. The image on the far right shows the water content in 2009.
Much of the water has been diverted for irrigation or dammed to produce hydro-electric power.
Its frightening to consider how such a vast body of water can disappear in 20 years.
Some photos to bring home the extent of the devastation.