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Desiccation of the Aral Sea THE SITUATION The Aral Sea in the former USSR the CIS formerly the worlds fourth largest lake in area is disappearing Between 1960 and 1987 its level dropped 13 meters and its area decreased by 40 percent Severe environmental problems have resulted The sea could dry to a residual brine lake Local water supplies where in disirae Schemes to save parts of the sea have been proposed by the government Nevertheless in this case study I will explain the problems and hopefully conclude with a solution THE PROGRESSIVE PROBLEM The Aral Sea is a huge shallow saline body of water located in the deserts of the south-central CIS It is called a terminal lake having no outflow its level is determined by the balance between river and ground-water inflow and precipitation on its surface on the one hand and evaporation from the sea on the other The Aral depression has repeatedly been flooded and desiccated Until the present century fluctuations in its surface level were at least 20 m and possibly more than 40 m Significant variations of sea level during this period resulted from major changes in river discharge into it caused by climatic changes by natural diversions of the Amu Darya away from the Aral and by man Human impacts included big withdrawals for irrigation from the Amu Darya and diversions of this river west into lower lying channels because of the destruction of dikes dams and irrigation systems during wars From the middle 18th century until 1960 sea level varied 4 to 45 m Beginning in 1910 when accurate and regular level observations began to 1960 the lake was in a high phase with level changes of less than 1 m However during the past 28 years the seas surface has dropped alarmingly In 1960 sea level was 534 m area 68000 km2 volume 1090 km3 average depth 16 m and average salinity saltyness 10
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