The other side of rising waters: Drained Seas

The Aral Sea, which is technically a lake, has been steadily shrinking since the 1960s when the Soviet Union began to divert rivers that feed the Aral Sea for agricultural irrigation. With the receding waters went a large fishing industry, leaving high rates of unemployment and fishing boats left to dry on the former shoreline.

1989 and 2014

1989 and 2014

Aral Sea

Former Fishing Industry

Former Fishing Industry

Aral Sea

Aral Sea

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