By Borderline
2 years ago

The Desert of the Aral Sea

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Hi, be aware that you may find this content upsetting.

I am going to talk about the Aral Sea. This "Mad Max" looking place, was one of the largest lakes in the world until 1960, when the Soviet Union diverted all the rivers going there to the irrigation camps around all the country.

Nowadays we have just the 10% of it's original size, which it was 68,000 km2 (26,300 sq mi) and it's located in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

In an ongoing effort in Kazakhstan to save and replenish the North Aral Sea, a dam project was completed in 2005; in 2008, the water level in this lake had risen by 12 m (39 ft) compared to 2003. But there is still kilometers and kilometers of nothing but sand.

This place is quiet interesting to visit due to the wreck of old sunken ships that sunk once in there. When the water level went down those ships (and few other things as Oil Platforms and few plains) came back up to the surface. Now this wrecks are inhabited by Camels, few other animals and insects, and dry plants.

If you ever have the chance to visit, don't hesitate and tell us your experience!

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