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  • Once Written Off for Dead, the Aral Sea Is Now Full of Life

    03/22/2018 5:43:47 PM PDT · by BBell · 25 replies ^ | 3/16/18 | Dene-Hern Chen
    Thanks to large-scale restoration efforts, the North Aral Sea has seen a resurgence of fish—a boon to the communities that rely on it.ARALSK DISTRICT, KAZAKHSTANOmirserik Ibragimov fixed his gaze on the hole he had carved out from the frozen Aral Sea. The 25-year-old’s hands moved steadily, pulling out a fishing net that he and his father had left under the solid, snow-covered surface just three days earlier. After a minute marked by tense silence, two breams emerged from the hole. Then three pike-perches, their silver scales shimmering as they struggled against the net’s green meshing. “Here comes the gold,” Omirserik...
  • Mo‘ynaq – Graveyard of Ships in the Desert (Uzbekistan)

    05/27/2012 8:30:55 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    Kuriositas ^ | Saturday, 26 May 2012 | Kuriositas
    Mo‘ynaq – Graveyard of Ships in the Desert Many have visited an abandoned city and wondered what catastrophic event could have caused such an exodus from a metropolis once so evidently thriving. Yet these cities are usually hundreds if not thousands of years old, the everyday clamor and cry of civilization just an echo. Visit Mo'ynaq in Uzbekistan, however, and you can see apocalypse right here, right now. The Soviet era sign still welcomes people to the city. Yet there are few visitors who stay more than a few hours. They all leave after they have done looking at what...
  • Chavez says capitalism may have ended life on Mars

    03/22/2011 12:33:24 PM PDT · by GreatJoeMcCarthy · 66 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 22, 2011 | Eyanir Chinea
    Capitalism may be to blame for the lack of life on the planet Mars, Venezuela's socialist President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday. "I have always said, heard, that it would not be strange that there had been civilization on Mars, but maybe capitalism arrived there, imperialism arrived and finished off the planet," Chavez said in speech to mark World Water Day. Chavez, who also holds capitalism responsible for many of the world's problems, warned that water supplies on Earth were drying up. "Careful! Here on planet Earth where hundreds of years ago or less there were great forests, now there...
  • Shocking satellite images of lakes show extent of man's impact on world's water supply

    07/02/2010 5:16:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 2, 2010 | Staff
    These dramatic before-and-after satellite photos show the terrifying effect man is having on the world's resources. Taken over nearly 40 years, photographs show the drying up of several bodies of water around the world - receding as mankind's demand for water grows. Included in the shocking collection is the once mighty Aral Sea in Central Asia. The expanse of water, like several others across the globe, has been reduced to worryingly sparse levels. In April the situation at the Aral Sea was described as 'one of the planet's worst environmental disasters' by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
  • UN's Ban Calls Aral Sea 'Shocking Disaster'

    04/04/2010 11:23:49 AM PDT · by edpc · 30 replies · 1,596+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 4 April 2010 | Jim Heintz
    NUKUS, Uzbekistan – The drying up of the Aral Sea is one of the planet's most shocking environmental disasters, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Sunday as he urged Central Asian leaders to step up efforts to solve the problem. Once the world's fourth-largest lake, the sea has shrunk by 90 percent since the rivers that feed it were largely diverted in a Soviet project to boost cotton production in the arid region.
  • Satellite Shows Dramatic Aral Loss

    07/30/2003 4:31:33 PM PDT · by blam · 38 replies · 364+ views
    BBC ^ | 7-30-2003 | Ivan Noble
    Satellite shows dramatic Aral loss By Ivan Noble BBC News Online science staff These two images from space show how unsustainable water use in Central Asia has caused a dramatic retreat in the Aral Sea. The Aral Sea in 2003 and 1985 Images courtesy Esa and Nasa In the 18 years which separate the images, the sea has virtually split in two and a great white expanse of salty desert has claimed the seabed revealed by the contracting waters. The most recent image was taken this month by the European Space Agency's Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (Meris) on board Envisat,...
  • C.I.A. Hunts Iraq Tie to Soviet Smallpox

    03/27/2003 7:16:02 PM PST · by vannrox · 45 replies · 1,599+ views
    SLATE reference to New Yourk Times Article ^ | Updated Friday, December 6, 2002, at 9:35 AM PT | By Jack Shafer
    December 3, 2002 C.I.A. Hunts Iraq Tie to Soviet SmallpoxBy JUDITH MILLER he C.I.A. is investigating an informant's accusation that Iraq obtained a particularly virulent strain of smallpox from a Russian scientist who worked in a smallpox lab in Moscow during Soviet times, senior American officials and foreign scientists say. The officials said several American scientists were told in August that Iraq might have obtained the mysterious strain from Nelja N. Maltseva, a virologist who worked for more than 30 years at the Research Institute for Viral Preparations in Moscow before her death two years ago. The information came to...