The Aral Sea and Pink Floyd

October 16, 2015


The Aral Sea, once the fourth-largest inland body of water in the world, is dying. The diversion of water during Soviet times from Central Asia’s two great rivers — the Syr-Darya and Amu-Darya — into the cotton fields of the region have shrunk the lake to some 10 percent of its original size in less than 100 years. The exposed soil became alkaline and the wind in the area now blows salt through the region, causing health problems and withering crops.

Fishing boats that once plied the Aral Sea are now rusting hulls lying in the desert many kilometers from where the shores of the lake are now.  Pink Floyd filmed Louder than Words using the Aral Sea as a background.

The pictures show what can happen to a huge body of water like the Great Lakes when water is diverted away from the basin.

I mention this disaster in my book, The Dynamic Great Lakes.  a non-fiction book about changes in the Great Lakes

Visit my author’s page on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Barbara-Spring/e/B002PI5IQQBarbara Spring’s author page

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