Photo Inspiration for

AERO 23

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Caspian Sea

The Caspian Sea is the largest landlocked water body in the world, with a surface area of 371 000 sq km – larger than Germany.

The water appears green in this image, indicating an algal bloom. Caused by heightened levels of phosphorus – found in fertilizers, detergents and unfiltered sewage – finding its way into the water, these blooms deplete the amount of oxygen in the water and reduce the aquatic life.

The mineral-rich land of Kazakhstan’s Mangistau region is visible along the bottom of the image. With large fossil fuel reserves and an abundant supply of other minerals and metals, Mangistau is sometimes called the ‘treasure peninsula’ of Kazakhstan.

Photo taken in

September 26, 2012

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