Aral: The Lost Sea


February 28, 2014

3.0 75 x
Once the world's fourth-largest inland body of water but now a byword for ecological disaster, the Aral Sea has been retreating over the last half-century after rivers that fed it were diverted for Soviet cotton irrigation projects. Today it covers half of its original area of 66,000 square kilometres, and the volume of water has been reduced to a quarter. The desiccation has changed the climate conditions of the region and the water that remains is polluted. (From Spain, in English) (Documenta...