The Aral Sea is bringing new wealth to fishing villages in Kazakhstan, but their neighbours on the opposite shore in Uzbekistan are suffering a very different fate
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- The country that brought a sea back to life
- Dene-Hern Chen
- Jul 10 2018
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Here is an interesting video by Google Earth showing the water drying up- it disappears shockingly quickly.
It shows how much power we do have to reverse the impacts we have upon the land, and how much prioritizing money now can deprive everyone of a more sustainable living later.
Overview: The Aral sea is diminishing. It's 10% of what it once was. On the northern half, the World Bank financed a $87 million project that raised water levels & revitalized fisheries. But for the South Aral Sea, the same project won't work because the rivers that feed the sea are heavily used by upstream farmers, particularly cotton. While some are hopeful that the decreased sea level will allow opportunities such as natural gas under the desiccated ground, others are fearful that the desiccated ground will contribute to dust storms filled with salt and concentrated chemicals.