Aral Sea Update

Registan has an update on the change in the Aral Sea, with the northern sea recovering and the southern sea drying up fast.

Michael Hancock then sends this map in the comments section, which I just had to share with readers.

aral-sea.gif

About Curzon

Lord George Nathaniel Curzon (1859 - 1925) entered the British House of Commons as a Conservative MP in 1886, where he served as undersecretary of India and Foreign Affairs. He was appointed Viceroy of India at the turn of the 20th century where he delineated the North West Frontier Province, ordered a military expedition to Tibet, and unsuccessfully tried to partition the province of Bengal during his six-year tenure. Curzon served as Leader of the House of Lords in Prime Minister Lloyd George's War Cabinet and became Foreign Secretary in January 1919, where his most famous act was the drawing of the Curzon Line between a new Polish state and Russia. His publications include Russia in Central Asia (1889) and Persia and the Persian Question (1892). In real life, "Curzon" is a US citizen from the East Coast who has been a financial analyst, freelance translator, and university professor; he is currently on assignment in Tokyo.
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4 Responses to Aral Sea Update

  1. sun bin says:

    thanks. great map. yes, you ‘just have to share’ :)

    hope they do other lakes as well, eg chad lake, caspian, (and yes, many drying lakes in china other than lop nor as well)…

  2. sun bin says:

    the caspian is actually ok, though polluted.

    lake chad has suffered a similar fate
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:ShrinkingLakeChad-1973-1997-EO.jpg

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_chad

  3. Alfred Russel Wallace says:

    This is even scarier than you might think. The Soviets had a large biowarfare research establishment on that island in the southern sea – it was protected by a lot of water – but now you can walk there, and so can animals…
    http://www.espionageinfo.com/Vo-Z/Vozrozhdeniye-Island-Soviet-and-Russian-Biochemical-Facility.html

  4. Great post. A sad fate for such a great sea.