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These close-ups of one of the larger lakes show how the formation and reduction of the lakes affected sand dunes.

  • Sand dunes became inundated as the lakes formed. In the 2001 image, many larger dunes were small islands in the lake.
  • Bright sand dunes re-emerged as the lake level dropped. In the 2013 and 2017 images, a few dunes are still islands.
  • The darker ground in the later images indicates former water levels—the darker tone means moistened ground.

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Dec. 8 and 15, 1989, Landsat 4 (path/row 175,176/44) — close up of Toshka Lakes, Egypt
Aug. 19 and 26, 2001, Landsat 7 (path/row 175,176/44) — close up of Toshka Lakes, Egypt
Aug. 19 and 28, 2013, Landsat 8 (path/row 175,176/44) — close up of Toshka Lakes, Egypt
Aug. 23 and 30, 2017, Landsat 8 (path/row 175,176/44) — close up of Toshka Lakes, Egypt
July 3 and 12, 2019, Landsat 8 (path/row 175,176/44) — close up of Toshka Lakes
Mar. 24 and 18, 2021, Landsat 8 (path/row 175,176/44) — close up of Toshka Lakes, Egypt
Nov. 22 and 29, 2021, Landsat 8 (path/row 175,176/44) — close up of Toshka Lakes, Egypt
Feb. 9, 10, 2022, Landsat 9, 8 (path/row 176,175/44) — close up of Toshka Lakes, Egypt

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