Desiccation of the Aral Sea: A Water Management Disaster in the Soviet Union

The Aral Sea in the Soviet Union, formerly the world's fourth largest lake in area, is disappearing

Philip P. Micklin

2006

Scholarcy highlights

  • The Aral Sea in the Soviet Union, formerly the world's fourth largest lake in area, is disappearing
  • Between 1960 and 1987, its level dropped nearly 13 meters, and its area decreased by 40 percent
  • Recession has resulted from reduced inflow caused primarily by withdrawals of water for irrigation
  • The sea could dry to a residual brine lake
  • ZUYEVA, O.V., PROBLEMY OSVOENIYA PUSTYN 3: 40

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