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Carolyn Drake
The Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers stretch from the western edge of China across Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, spanning a distance of 2,500km. They are the lifeblood of the vast, landlocked region between China, Russia, Iran and Afghanistan. The Greeks knew the two rivers as the Oxus and the Jaxartes. An islamic hadith holds that they are two of the four rivers that flow into Paradise. The Silk Route linking China to Europe followed the paths of the rivers.

After the Soviet government took control of the region in 1917, it began one of the most ambitious engineering...

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Kazakhstan. Aralsk. 2009. Wild pigeon, part of a permanent exhibition...
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Kazakhstan. Aralsk. 2009. Saiga, part of a permanent exhibition...
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Kazakhstan. Aralsk. 2009. Sea bream, part of a permanent exhibition...
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Kazakhstan. Aralsk. 2009. Wild goose, part of a permanent exhibition...
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Kazakhstan. Aralsk. 2009. Pheasant, part of a permanent exhibition...
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Kazakhstan. Aralsk. 2009. Vulture, part of a permanent exhibition...
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Kazakhstan. Aralsk. 2009 Saiga, part of a permanent exhibition...
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Kazakhstan. Aralsk. 2009. Sturgeon, part of a permanent exhibition...
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Kazakhstan. Aralsk. 2009. Black stork, part of a permanent exhibition...
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Kazakhstan. Aralsk. 2009. Badger, part of a permanent exhibition...
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Kazakhstan. Aralsk. 2009. Miniature fishing boat, part of a permanent...
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Uzbekistan. Karakalpakstan. Shore of North Aral Sea. 2010. Shore...
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Uzbekistan. Karakalpakstan. Shore of North Aral Sea. 2010. A...
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Uzbekistan. Karakalpakstan. Kungrad. 2010. Rose stems for sale...
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Uzbekistan. Karakalpakstan. Moynaq. 2010. Rusting boats on the...
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Uzbekistan. Karakalpakstan. Kungrad. 2010. In late spring the...
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Uzbekistan. Karakalpakstan. Kungrad. 2010. Unclogging roadside...
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Uzbekistan. karakalpakstan. Porlitau. 2010. Trees and shrubs...
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Uzbekistan. Karakalpakstan. Moynaq. 2008. School hallway in Moynaq,...
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Uzbekistan, Karakalpakstan. Shege. 2008. Cotton farmer in his...
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Uzbekistan. Karakalpakstan. Kazakhdarya. 2010. A former Aral...
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Uzbekistan. Karakalpakstan. Nukus. 2010. Bottles of yogurt made...
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Kazakhstan. Tostubek. 2009. The north shore of the North Aral...
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Kazakhstan. Zhalanash. 2009. Zhalanash, a fishing village that...
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Kazakhstan. Koktem. 2009. Horse farm on the road from Aralsk...
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Kazakhstan. Aralsk. 2009. Melon market at the Aralsk bazaar.
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Kazakhstan. Tostubek. 2009. Plants line the current north shore...
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Kazakhstan. Bogen. 2009. Alpamysh, a Turkic epic, among other...
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Uzbekistan. Shakhrisabz. 2010. Part of a museum under renovation...
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Kirki. Turkmenistan. 2009. A verterinarian fishes in an irrigation...
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Turkmenistan. Konye Urgench. 2009. Water diverted from the Amu...
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Turkmenistan. Konye Urgench. 2009. Shoveling nitrate pesticide...
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Darvaza. Turkmenistan. 2009. Nicknamed "The Door To Hell," Darvaza...
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Damla. Turkmenistan. 2009. The only source of water in Damla...
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Damla. Turkmenistan. 2009. Collecting water in Damla ("drop of...
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near Kirki. Turkmenistan. 2009. The Karakum canal brings plant...
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Mary. Turkmenistan. 2009. Swimming pool in Mary, an ancient oasis...
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Turkmenabat. Turkmenistan. 2009. Inside a restaurant, a girl...
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Ashgabad. Turkmenistan. 2009. Ashgabad Fountain, located on the...
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Turkmenistan. Ashgabad. 2008. Iranian tourists in the lobby of...
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Mary. Turkmenistan. 2007. Ascending the stairs to a wedding party...
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Ashgabad. Turkmenistan. 2008. Soldiers march under the arch of...
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Damla. Turkmenistan. 2009. Inside a home in Damla ("drop of water"),...
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Damla. Turkmenistan. 2009. Killing a sheep for dinner in Damla...
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Turkmenistan. Dashogus. 2009.
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Damla. Turkmenistan. 2009. Inside a home in Damla ("drop of water"),...
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Damla. Turkmenistan. 2009. A clay house in Damla ("drop of water"),...
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Kerki. Turkmenistan. 2009. The starting point of the Karakum...
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