Aral Sea, which lies between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, was once known for it's small islands and fishing industry. It was world's fourth largest inland saline body of water. But due to Soviet redirection of the Sea's sources, the Aral Sea has been steadily shrinking since the 1960s. Now it's surface area is just 17,160 square km, which was once 68,000 square km. There are now two smaller lakes in the Aral Basin: the North Aral Sea and the western basin of the South Aral Sea. It's third lake, the larger eastern basin of the South Aral Sea, dried out completely in 2009. The prosperous fishing industry is gone and Aral Sea is now just a graveyard of ships and a barren land with salt and dust.
I am sure that you all know about Aral Sea and it's environmental catastrophe. This post is for those who just love pictures/images! Also watch a video in the end.
Video on Aral Sea (Now and Then):