Cental Asian landscapes

The shrinking Aral sea

The biggest sea turns into the smallest lake!

How It Got Were It Is Today

In the 1960's, the Soviet Union undertook a major water diversion project on the arid plains of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. The region’s two major rivers, fed by snow melt and precipitation in faraway mountains, were used to transform the desert into farms for cotton and other crops.