Beached fishing boat in Aral Sea

Beached fishing boat in Aral Sea

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Caption: Aral Sea drought. A beached fishing boat highlights the plight of the communities that live near the Aral Sea, CIS. The Aral Sea was once the fourth largest inland sea in the world, with a surface area of 66,000 square kilometres. Extensive use of irrigation schemes upstream on the sea's feed rivers have drastically reduced the lake's water supply. This has been compunded by losses by evaporation. As a result, the sea now has only 30% of its 1960 water volume, and its salinity has tripled. Fishing in the sea, 25,000 tonnes in 1960, has ceased completely leading to the collapse of the local economy.

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Keywords: aral, aral sea, beached fishing boat, climate, drought, dry, meteorology, novosti, sea, weather

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