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Aral Sea

Sunset over the sea
Goodbye Aral Sea

May 9th 2016
<em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Day 101 Thursday 28th April 2016 – Khiva to Nukus Leaving about 9.00am today so up at a reasonable time, thank goodness because our room’s window opens onto the balcony where breakfast is served and the tour group got out there just before the start of breakfast and rearranged tables and started singing and laughing - ... read more
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Uzbekistani Flag Russia conquered Uzbekistan in the late 19th century. Stiff resistance to the Red Army after World War I was eventually suppressed and a socialist republic set up in 1924. During the Soviet era, intensive production of "white gold" (cotton) and grain... ... read more
9th May 2016

Kangaroos and the stare bears!
Fabulous adventures at the poor, dying Aral Sea and the wonderful cemeteries of the dead cities! Shocking the before and after maps--what a huge environmental disaster! When you said the lake was saltwater and drying up, I imagined it might leave great salt flats like Uyuni. Too bad it's dirt and chemicals--what a hard life for those left! Best wishes for smooth sailing across into Kazakhstan!
10th May 2016

Not so salty
Yes it was sort of weird that the seabed didn't look too salty, but apparently some German NGO has been planting a shrub that eats salt which is helping. Every where else around Uzbek, all you see is useless salted ground from the over use of water. It was really sad to look on what is left of that sea and know it is vanishing. Thanks Tara.

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