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Straddling the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, the Aral Sea was once the fourth-largest saline lake in the world, an inland sea of 66,000 square kilometres. But in 1950, the Soviets diverted the two rivers that fed it in order to irrigate fields and grow cotton. Little by little, the Aral Sea dried up, ruining thousands of livelihoods. Since the construction of a dam in 2005, the water is slowly beginning to rise, and with it residents’ hopes. FRANCE 24 went to meet them.
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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?