Aug 10, 2012

The Aral Sea in Uzbekistan is Almost Dried Up


The Aral Sea that has an area of 68,000 square kilometers 15 years ago, has only 10 percent left today. The tributaries of the lake have dried up in recent years. The main tributaries are Syrdaria Amudari and since the Stalin era (1929-1953), large amounts of water for irrigation of cotton fields in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan were taken.

Due to the reduced inflow to the Aral Sea, the water level continues to decline.

As the Aral Sea was still there, it had a flourishing Uzbekistan fishing port with lots of jobs and a fish-processing industry. There are still a few fishermen, but the fish caught are not for consumption.

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