Destruction of the Aral Sea Uzbekistan Created by: Michael Jolitz Geography 308 Russia and Eastern Europe Professor Zoltan Grossman University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Location http://www.fao.org/ag/agl/swlwpnr/reports/y_nr/z_uz/uz_style/uzflag.gif Water Syr Darya
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Destruction of the Aral Sea UzbekistanCreated by: Michael JolitzGeography 308 Russia and Eastern EuropeProfessor Zoltan GrossmanUniversity of Wisconsin Eau Claire
Syr Darya Tributaries
The Syr Darya is formed by the confluence of the Naryn
and Qoradaryo rivers in the eastern Ferghana Valley
With a length of 1,374 miles -1,876 miles including the
Naryn—the Syr Darya is the longest river in Central Asia
The Amu Darya is formed by the junction
of the Vakhsh and Pandj rivers, which rise
in the Pamir Mts. of central Asia. Its length
is 1,600 miles long
Simple Irrigation System
Cotton Harvest, Uzbekistan
since Soviet era
Fish Catching in the Aral Sea (tons)
Aral roach (vobla).
This figure shows areas where the environment in Uzbekistan and the surrounding areas have been severely degradated.
The white large object on the left border of the image is an artificial salt pan. Discharge water, which is highly contaminated by salt accumulation, is diverted into such pans in order to decrease soil salinity. From these pans the water
evaporates totally unused and
creates salt crusts and olonchaks.
The Aral Sea region has one of the world’s highest rates of malformed or handicapped children
transference into upper
layers and fast spread in the
atmosphere of the Earth.
Dust Storm From Aral Region
Coal Mound on Roadside
Concentration of Radioactive Waste Storage in the Ferghana Valley
Biological Waste Facility Shown in Aral Sea
A footnote about the Aral Sea Disaster: The locals around the Aral sea joke that if everyone who'd come to study this disaster had brought a bucket of water, the sea would be full again by now.