31 The Aral Sea [updated]

The Aral Sea [updated]

Posted on June 15, 2009 by


Aral Sea, Russia

The Aral Sea was once one of the largest seas of the continent. It was fed up by two powerful rivers that were later turned away by the decision of Soviet authorities. They started using water of those rivers for agriculture and just look how it dramatically changed the look of the sea, which is now a mere puddle.


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The black contour shows the original size of the sea before it was deprived of its rivers. The green is how much water there was left a few years ago.

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The water has too high concentration of salt to support any fish life.

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And that’s how it looks like now. Just a little bit more effort of the Sun and nothing more water would be left.

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31 Responses to “The Aral Sea [updated]”

  1. yoooooo says:

    first

    • Miss India says:

      OMG Russians are so poor they drank all the water from Aral sea cause they cant afford decent mineral waters from Rocky mountains :(

    • vodkins says:

      Miss India, please go to book store and buy yourself a world map. Aral sea is located in Mid Asia. East from Caspian sea. It lies on border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. This sea has no common deals with Russia.

  2. yoooooo says:

    second

  3. yoooooo says:

    and third

  4. yoooooo says:

    Pictures are broken…

  5. deezee says:

    no pics :(

  6. Harry says:

    thats more like it :)

    not exactly a ‘no green desert’ there are clearly shrubs and the like.

  7. Ed Hands says:

    No chance at all of re-diverting the rivers? Why were they re-diverted?

    • Kirov says:

      false Kirov, does it really hurt SO much to have a inferior intellect to me, that you must steal my name, and try to be me? It’s pretty sad to be honest.

  8. Kirov says:

    they were re-diverted to for agricultural purposes, to make hundreds of thousands of acres of desert into farm land.

    it worked, but the sea was completely devastated.

    • Anrkist says:

      Well when you think about it, it’s really not a big deal. It can’t hold any life and if it’s so salty, I doubt any animals relied on it as a source of drinking.

      Seems like a good move to make.

      • Ed Hands says:

        It sounds like they once had an abundance of life w/ fishing and all.

        Sad. I guess that’s “progress” (no matter what country it is….)

  9. volkan says:

    so bad position… l think our world will see more sad things…

  10. Ceiling_Cat says:

    Actually this was in the Soviet Union, but is not in Russia. The (former) Aral sea is in between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

  11. Merican says:

    Perfect spot for the Khazastahnian Las Vegas

  12. Thera says:

    Very inspiring photos

  13. Thera says:

    There are videos on youtube of the secret lab on the island as well.

    Definitly harder to reach than Chernobyl: 8 hours by jeep to reach the sea thru desert lands, crossing the waters on small boats for two hours while transporting motos, then two hours of moto on the island.

  14. Ugly American says:

    With all this government ‘help & planning’ it’s a wonder anything is still alive at all.

  15. Deegee67 says:

    It´s sooo sad thing…. blow the damn damm away!!!

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  17. awre says:

    that’s sad

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  19. Ъ says:

    lol, one of thousands communism FAILS!!

  20. Laszlo Voros says:

    It worth think it over again that some siberian river should be turned here to refill the lake again.

  21. rafael ARG says:

    LOL I laughed when I read one of the captions; “February 2004 Kazakkhstan builds a long dike in hopes of partially saving the northern section of the Aral sea while blocking the Uzbek portion” XDDDDD so Kazakhs really do hate Uzbekistanis. LOL

  22. buy jeans says:

    many natural areas were destroyed by the soviet authorities

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