Aral Sea

ARKIV 040124 -near Dzhambul,
Camels grazing past a stranded boat.The dried up Aral Sea. Abandoned fishing boats litter the dry landscape where the Aral sea once called home until it started to dry up due to overuse of water resources started by the Soviets.
Aral Sea, Kazakhstan - Kazakstan
Foto: Christopher Herwig - Kod 9266
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Dead Fishing Boat, The Aral Sea, Kazakhstan

Soviet attempts to irrigate the cotton fields of Central Asia in 50’s decimated the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan, destroying thousands of fishing communities like Aralsk and creating a toxic desert that stil cause massive health issues today. The sudden depletion of the sea beached a bunch of ships in the 70s, which the owners tended to for over a decade in preparation for the sea’s return only to scavenge for metal & torch in the end, leaving the rusty hulks scattered across the new desert. SOURCE