Like Nevada, Except With Communists

May 30, 2009

Wired’s got some pretty intense NASA time lapse videos up… Check this one from Central Asia’s Aral Sea:

Via NASA’s Earth Observatory:

Beginning in the 1960s, farmers and state offices in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Central Asian states opened significant diversions from the rivers that supply water to the lake, thus siphoning off millions of gallons to irrigate cotton fields and rice paddies. As recently as 1965, the Aral Sea received about 50 cubic kilometers of fresh water per year—a number that fell to zero by the early 1980s. Consequently, concentrations of salts and minerals began to rise in the shrinking body of water. That change in chemistry has led to staggering alterations in the lake’s ecology, causing precipitous drops in the Aral Sea’s fish population.

Good thing we would never do something that dumb. (Right?)

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