Drying of the Aral Sea, dead fish

Drying of the Aral Sea, dead fish

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Credit: MASSIMO BREGA/EURELIOS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Drying of the Aral Sea. Dead fish on the dried up floor of the Aral Sea. This inland sea, once one of the largest in the world, is in the Central Asian nations of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The Aral Sea used to have a thriving fishing industry, but in the 1930s the Soviet Union dug canals that diverted the sea's major rivers to irrigate cotton fields. From the 1960s, the sea started to shrink, and by 2004 some 75 percent of the sea's area had been lost. From the 1960s, the sea started to shrink, and by 2004 some 75 percent of the sea's area had been lost. The inhabitants of former fishing ports now struggle to survive in a dry, arid landscape. This is a kambala (flounder) fish.

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