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Dying Aral Sea (18 pics)

Posted in Pictures   12 Aug 2009   / 13906 views

Once the world's fourth-largest inland saline body of water, the Aral Sea has been steadily shrinking since the 1960s, after the rivers Amu Darya and Syr Darya that fed it were diverted by Soviet Union irrigation projects. By 2004, the sea had shrunk to 25% of its original surface area, and a nearly fivefold increase in salinity had killed most of its natural flora and fauna. The once prosperous fishing industry has been virtually destroyed, and former fishing towns along the original shores have become ship graveyards.

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Aral Sea from space, August 1985

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Aral Sea from space, July 2009


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mm 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
feel so sorry for the local people. so sad.
       
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Fhilips 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
OMG!! I new that its getting smaller but this is shock...there is nearly nothing left... n_wassat 36
       
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35 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
feel sorry for you that you know nothing about this 35
       
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xuanfam 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
I really didn't know anything about this..... :(
       
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Tarzan 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
36 36 36 what happened to fishes....
Men have two emotions: Hungry and Horny.
If you see him without an erection, make him a sandwich :)
       
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Puh-leeze 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
OLD news, seen it a million times before. Come on, this is the fast generation. Onto something new please, no more Aral See boo-hoo-ing. Been there, done that years ago, this topic is old.

Hey, the entire San Juaquin Valley of California was a sea once and it's gone. There's no difference if man-made or nature-made, it's still the same end result.

(I know I'm gonna feel all your love after this remark)
       
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severe_009 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
n_wassat n_wassat n_wassat n_wassat
Challenge breeds excellence...
       
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monishanand 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
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aralsickle 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Almost everyone who replied to this is an insensitive idiot. Sorry, folks, that you have been son incompetent in knowing what a disaster this is.
       
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Karlis 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Look what human can done, it is wery sad story. Uzbekistan need to work with kazahstan torepais this sea, I think that it is still possible.
       
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enlik 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
very good pictures thanks so mu4
       














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