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January 6, 2012 - Rising Water Changes Caspian Sea Shoreline

Caspian Sea Shoreline Before
Landsat 5
August 21, 1985
Caspian Sea Shoreline After
Landsat 5
August 29, 2011
Caspian Sea Shoreline Before
Caspian Sea Shoreline After
August 21, 1985 August 29, 2011
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While Caspian Sea water levels have historically fluctuated, the area has seen increasing water volume in the past two decades. These Landsat images show a small portion of the Caspian Sea shoreline, in 1985 and again in 2011. The Volga River is the dominant source of water for this inland sea, and heavy rains have greatly enlarged the flow into the Sea in the past decades. For more information, please go to the Image of the Week section of the EROS Image Gallery.