The Aral Sea, once the fourth-largest lake in the world, is nearly gone.
Satellite images released by NASA this week show half of the inland lake that spans the Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan border in Central Asia are almost totally dry.
"For the first time in modern history, the eastern basin of the South Aral Sea has completely dried," NASA said in a release.
The shrinking began in the 1960s, NASA reported, when the former Soviet Union started diverting the Aral Sea's snowmelt-fed water from the Syr Darya and Amu Darya rivers to irrigate the desert farms of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan.
The first satellite image, taken in 2000, shows the lake split in two, creating the Northern and Southern Aral seas. A 2005 emergency dam project by Kazakhstan's government to save the northern part, followed by a four-year drought, expedited the southern sea's disappearance. The most recent image, taken in August, shows a dry lakebed where the Southern Aral Sea used to be.
Well as the space pics from our old pals at NASA show the world as we know it is generally Fucked. 'But you already knew that.
The only thing left to do is to prepare for the "End of Daze" or whatever 'your' personal superstition sez about when the Shit hits the Big Fan.
As for me fuck it.
I'll content myself with watching it all go down the plug hole on YouTube while shoving the last of the Double Beacon Cheeseburgers into my maw.
Eh,...make that with home fries a stack of Milky Ways, and a large,...fuck you former Mayor Bloomberg. Ahem a bleeping Large ice packed plastic chugga-lug of Root Beer.
The above yummies are pretty much fatal to me, but bleep it. It's a Special Occasion,...THE BLEEPING END OF THE WORLD!!!!!