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Feature - The Aral Sea
Carolyn Drake
The Aral Sea was once the fourth largest lake in the world – 26,000 square kilometers. For centuries, the sea and its river deltas sustained settlements of farmers and traders and craftsmen and thinkers along the Silk Road. In the 1960s, Stalin turned his Soviet Central Asian republics into giant cotton plantations. It was an engineering project that diverted such large quantities of water out of the two rivers that the Aral Sea began to dry up. It is considered one of the worst environmental catastrophes of the 20th century, but the problems linked to the dried sea still exist today.
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KAZAKHSTAN. KAK ARAL DAM. 2013. Former Aral Sea below the Kak...
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UZBEKISTAN. KARAKALPAKSTAN. 2013. Driving along the eastern side...
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UZBEKISTAN. KARAKALPAKSTAN. MOYNAQ. 2013. Monument commemorating...
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UZBEKISTAN. 2013. Removing weeds from a salty field in Kara Uzak,...
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UZBEKISTAN. KARAKALPAKSTAN. KAZAN KETKEN. 2013. A morning in...
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UZBEKISTAN. 2013. Urga is a formerly thriving village on the...
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UZBEKISTAN. KARAKALPAKSTAN. KUBLA USTYURT. 2013. In the entrance...
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UZBEKISTAN. KARAKALPAKSTAN. DOSLIK. 2013. My driver’s shoes left...
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UZBEKISTAN. Karakalpakstan. URGA. 2013. The Soviet village of...
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UZBEKISTAN. KARAKALPAKSTAN. 2013. Tugai forests and reed beds...
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UZBEKISTAN. Karakalpakstan. 2013. In Soviet times, villages in...
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UZBEKISTAN. Karakalpakstan. 2013. In Soviet times, villages in...
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UZBEKISTAN. KARAKALPAKSTAN. 2013. Near the Karakalpak capitol...
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UZBEKISTAN. KARAKALPAKSTAN. URGA. 2013. The Soviet village of...
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KAZAKHSTAN. TASTUBEK. 2013. Fishermen on the North Aral Sea....
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KAZAKHSTAN. TASTUBEK. 2013. Fishermen on the North Aral Sea....
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KAZAKHSTAN. TASTUBEK. 2013. Fishermen on the North Aral Sea....
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KAZAKHSTAN. TASTUBEK. 2013. The Aral Sea fishing industry used...
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KAZAKHSTAN. TASTUBEK. 2013. Fishermen on the North Aral Sea....
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KAZAKHSTAN. TASTUBEK. 2013. Fishermen on the North Aral Sea....
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KAZAKHSTAN. TASTUBEK. 2013. Fishing on the North Aral Sea. The...
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KAZAKHSTAN. AKBASTI. 2013. In Akbasti there's a hot spring which...
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UZBEKISTAN. KARAKALPAKSTAN. URGA. 2013. The Soviet village of...
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UZBEKISTAN. KARAKALPAKSTAN. urga. 2013. The Soviet village of...
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KAZAKHSTAN. TASTUBEK. 2013. Fishermen on the North Aral Sea....
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KAZAKHSTAN. AKBASTI. 2013. In Akbasti there's a hot spring which...
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KAZAKHSTAN. AKBASTI. 2013. In Akbasti there's a hot spring which...
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KAZAKHSTAN. TASTUBEK. 2013. Fishing on the North Aral Sea. The...
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UZBEKISTAN. KARAKALPAKSTAN. NUKUS. 2013. Yesemuratov family brings...
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UZBEKISTAN. KARAKALPAKSTAN. NUKUS. 2013. Navrus celebration....
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UZBEKISTAN. KARAKALPAKSTAN. CHIMNEY. 2013. Sewing the traditional...
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UZBEKISTAN. KARAKALPAKSTAN. NUKUS. 2013. Navrus celebration....
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KAZAKHSTAN. 2013. Former Aral Sea on the road from Aralsk to...
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