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Kazakhstan’s Aral Sea was once the world’s fourth largest lake, a rich haven for fish, birds and other wildlife. It was also home to bustling fishing ports such as Aralsk. But starting in the 1960s, massive agricultural expansion saw much of the water from the two rivers that feed the lake diverted into thousands of canals to irrigate crops. This caused the Aral Sea to shrink by 70% and split into two.
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- 1.Aral Sea: The sea that dried up in 40 years – BBC News
- 2.Full Documentary: “Aral. The lost sea” by Isabel Coixet | We Are Water Foundation
- 3.Aral Sea Reborn – earthrise
- 4.Aral Sea – Animation 1960-2014
- 5.The Dried up Aral Sea Eco-Disaster
- 6.Aral Sea: Man-made environmental disaster – BBC News
- 7.Video: Dried-up Aral Sea springs back to life
- 8.Assignment Asia: Kazakhstan Aral Sea restoration
- 9.UN Aral Sea Programme
- 10.Aral Sea Part I: A catastrophic disappearing act..
- 11.Aral Sea Part II: Can a dam reverse the damage?
- 12.Aral Sea Part III: Return of the Fish?