Desiccation of the Aral Sea: A Water Management Disaster in the Soviet Union

  title={Desiccation of the Aral Sea: A Water Management Disaster in the Soviet Union},
  author={Philip P. Micklin},
  pages={1170 - 1176}
  • P. Micklin
  • Published 2 September 1988
  • Environmental Science
  • Science
The Aral Sea in the Soviet Union, formerly the world's fourth largest lake in area, is disappearing. Between 1960 and 1987, its level dropped nearly 13 meters, and its area decreased by 40 percent. Recession has resulted from reduced inflow caused primarily by withdrawals of water for irrigation. Severe environmental problems have resulted. The sea could dry to a residual brine lake. Local water use is being improved and schemes to save parts of the sea have been proposed. Nevertheless… 

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Changes in the Aral Sea ecosystems during the period 1960–1990

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  • Environmental Science
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