A new island appeared in the territorial waters of Turkmenistan due to a sharp decline in the level of the Caspian Sea. However, it can be called new only conditionally, as the island was known before. It was discovered in the 1930s, and on the maps of the USSR was marked as Mikhailov Island. In the 1980s, due to the rise in sea level, the island was swallowed up by its waters.
At present, the length of the island is about 280 meters long and about 80 meters wide. The greatest height of the land above sea level reaches 1 meter. Mikhailov Island is the second largest island in the Turkmen part of the Caspian Sea, located at a distance of more than 5 km from the coastline. The largest island in the country's territorial waters is Ogurchinskiy. The newly emerged piece of land is located at a distance of 5.3 km from it.
Scientists are trying to understand the reasons that lead to constant sea level changes in the Caspian Sea. Geological factors, changes in the flow of rivers flowing into the Caspian Sea, and evaporation are among the most likely.
Source and photo: meteojurnal.ru