The Port City That Lost Its Water.
The Aral Sea in Uzbekistan, once the fourth largest saline lake in the world, will probably shrink to one-tenth of its surface area in the next 50 years. Its demise began when the Soviet government diverted the freshwater rivers Amu Darya and Syr Darya that fed it, for agricultural development in the 1960s. This has impacted its surrounding lands, the climate, and its inhabitants in untold ways over the ensuing years.
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