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The Aral Sea Disappears: NASA Photos

In a series of dramatic photos, NASA has been able to capture the disappearance of the Aral Sea from space. In the 1960's Russia diverted water from several major rivers to irrigation projects for growing cotton and the best choice viagra delivered overnight other crops. The result has been the complete destruction of one what was once the fourth largest inland sea in the world.

NASA's ability to document this entirely unprecedented event is not only fascinating, but it's a lesson to canada viagra online how quickly entire ecosystems (and the societies that rely on them) can collapse. The Aral sea was once surrounded by villages that relied on the Aral seas fisheries. Those towns are now all but deserted, and fishing boats sit on dry land.

Next time some nutjob tells you that humanity is too insignificant to really destroy the environment in significant ways, just send them to this page.

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I drink your milkshake!
written by shek, May 20, 2009
I drink it up!
written by El Rob, May 20, 2009
that is... so horrible, I don't know what to say, I just hope people can open their eyes and see how we affect the world and prevent other water-sources from suffering this fate, or at least suffer anymore...
Chasing the generic levitra professional Sea
written by Kathy, May 21, 2009
By Tom Bissell - a fascinating book on the author's trek through Uzbekistan towards the Aral sea, I couldn't put it down. It details the whys of the sea's disappearance, but also the human devastation left by the politics of levitra in canada water (among other things) in the region. The photo on the cover is a ship's skeleton in the midst of a desert, abandoned by the shrinking sea. The people who live on the "seashore" have lost their livelihood, and have only polluted salt water to drink.
Cotton sucks...
written by Jacob, May 21, 2009
I challenge anyone to find a crop that has caused more human misery than cotton. Water intensive and until recently labour intensive as well. Anyone who says democracies are too slow to generic cialis india save the environment needs to look at the devastation left in the wake of Communism.
written by yellowlab, May 21, 2009
Hank I think the when will levitra be available as a generic phrase you are looking for but your blindness made you miss the objective report is the following.

"Next time some nutjob tells you that humanity is too insignificant to really CHANGE the environment in significant ways, just send them to this page."

Because that's some change.

but where is the rest of the story talking about the jobs, and eco system created the additional 0xygen pumped in the system because of the plants that are grown? Oh that's right you have an "agenda" so results of "change" only matter if it is inline with what you believe.

I'm not saying what was done is right or wrong. I'm just saying you have an agenda and are not interested in the whole truth/picture.
Not all change is good
written by Robert Stockham, May 21, 2009
While some countries need to divert water to support their populace, it is the short sightedness that is the biggest threat to the planet. We often do the quick and easy thing to solve a problem, rather than look at the long term ramifications. They may have managed to create a cotton industry, but created a whole new population of poor and unemployed. It happens across the buy generic cialis from india board-look at our pursuit of viagra online in canada biofuels at the expense of the food chain. The use of corn as a bio fuel has led to soaring food prices and wow look it price cialis the poor suffer most.
Uh...Change? 0.o
written by Francis, May 21, 2009
I'm glad for many human inventions that better our lives. Yes, humans can make changes to buy generic levitra online in the uk their environments that benifit mankind. We can make these changes with the environment in mind, to lessen and hopefully eliminate our negative effect on it.

But, somehow, destroying an entire sea does not seem a positive change on the environment. As an realistic environmentalist, I don't think we should get rid of all cars and live in huts. I think we should work WITH the environment, so we don't disturb the natural balance. Destroying a sea is plainly working AGAINST the environment. Change can be good...eliminating a sea destroys the livelyhood of many people. Even if you don't mention the effect it has on the local and global environment, which in turn effects everyone, it is not a good change. Technology can be used for good or bad. To shrink a sea down to absolutly nothing over a period of less than a decade is a negative change--a destructive change. So yes, humans can hurt the environment. Hank is not "blind", he's realistic. It's time we all learned to think and see what is plainly right before our eyes.
Only in Russia?
written by Tim, May 21, 2009
Try this fun experiement:

Great salt lake: sea&mrt=all

Zoom to the 2-mi scale, then zoom in to the 1-mi scale. These satellite photos were taken in different years. Magic Disappearing lake!
corrected link
written by Tim, May 21, 2009
...oops. Here's the correct link:
really yellowlab?
written by shek, May 21, 2009
Do you think the cotton crop offset the effectiveness of the sea as a carbon sink? You are assuming that there was zero life in the sea that would absorb CO2. The oceans are the pharmacy levitra worlds largest carbon sinks, and I'm sure it stands to reason that the Aral sea was functioning in some capacity as a carbon sink. Plus, there's no way in hell cotton would be grown purely to absorb carbon and add to cialis without prescription the biomass when there are many more efficient crops.
written by shek, May 21, 2009
Actually it's CO2's solubility in saltwater that makes it a good carbon sink. Check the interwebs...
written by Sunny G, May 21, 2009
This looks very very serious. Governments! Its about time you all got your acts right. At least some countries are putting in effort to be a lot more green.
Who Needs Cotton When You Can Have Hemp!
written by B. Wright, May 21, 2009
Why hasn't anyone mentioned Hemp as one of only here viagra and canada custom the well known alternative to cotton? It requires far less effort to grow. It's much durable, and can be grown packed in tight spaces. Anyway, we need to find ways to use water more sparingly. And question if it's worth its long term effect. I agree that diverting water from Aral sea was a bad idea.
Really puts things into perspective...
written by ademers1980, May 23, 2009
Pretty impressive, but not in a good way. I think this highlights how much of an impact we really do have on the environment.
Dramatic pictures indeed
written by Chris, May 26, 2009
If this is not an impressive example of how much human activity can impact nature, I don't know what is...
Ecological events are measured on millen
written by Jake, May 27, 2009
Terrible as this is for local residents, major ecological events are measured on a timeline of many millions of years, not 10, not 100, not even 100,000 (the rise of modern man). Fissures in the earth's surface have released billions of gallons of generic viagra overnight oil, volcanic eruptions have filled the atmosphere with noxious gases and forest fires have occurred naturally since the formation of this planet. The "we're destroying the earth" dialog is very egotistical because it assumes that humans will have any lasting affect on a planet once we're gone.

I'm not saying ecological conversation and levitra label protection is a pointless goal, we can certainly take steps to ensure that our near term environment is conserved for our own good. On a long enough timeline, though, none of that will matter.
Easter Island in Russia
written by Carol Shetler, May 27, 2009
The Easter Islanders destroyed their ecosystem for much the same reasons as the Russians have destroyed the Aral Sea, and themselves along with it. Easter Island's demise took a little longer, about a century, but when it collapsed, it went fast. The Aral Sea and the communities that depend on it are about to do the same. Can we fix it? Probably not. Can we prevent the same thing happening elsewhere? Most certainly.
The Aral Puddle
written by H, May 29, 2009
Sadly it looks more like the Aral Puddle than the Aral Sea :'(
Google Earth
written by Mike Rogero, June 03, 2009
Its odd that Google Earth's view which claims pictures from 2009, show a large northern and southern lake. The water is still there according to Google...?
agrees with jake
written by Andrew, June 04, 2009
i agree with jake that we can not destroy the planet. life on earth will eventually recover from whatever we do to shop tramadol it, even if it takes millions of years. but we are definitely on a path that will damage it enough to cause our own extinction

i believe that environmentalism is really about self-preservation. its about maintaining the biosphere so that it will continue to support the human race. we are becoming more and more aware of what is necessary to achieve this goal, but there is still a lot to learn. i believe that conservation and resource management should be pursued aggressively for our own survival, any other issues that human societies faces right now are trivial in comparison, because none of it will matter if our species is extinct.
NASA Images
written by Hank Green, June 15, 2009
Other series of images taken over the last ten years show deforestation in South America, urbanization in Dubai, and the water level in Lake Powell
written by kls0295, June 16, 2009
Is there any hope for the recovery of these and other lakes that have been rapidly depleting over the years?
written by Zeld, June 29, 2009
Impressive photos. I have never read elsewhere about those dramatic changes of this sea.
ideas are supossed to be innovative ........or else its an option
written by gokulrajkailash, July 07, 2009
water for irrigation is a necessary one , but at the same time why don't people think bout the consequence of their options or ideas (however they term it). and moreover in a public project like this , i feel its necessary to think on the impact of cialis medication the solutions which they are opting...........
Plenty to say, in parts. (Part one)
written by Lauren, July 12, 2009
So, I agree with many of you here, that yes, it is a problem our oceans, lakes, rivers, etc are being depleted and we are emitting excess Co2, and through our actions we are negatively impacting the environment.

However, I'm not entirely sure I agree with one Gwenny -whom is not here to defend them self anymore so I feel slightly bad (and hypocritical -see "as little bashing as possible" paragraph-) for this, - and two, the random nonsense being spoken about getting Runescape Gold and price cialis playing WoW. This is a blog site for ecological subjects, and NOT for "wow, this site is gay, you're a stupid hippie who's stupid." and....."flesh eating zombies!! OMGWTFBBQ???1!?!"
Who stole the colorado river? best kept secret?
written by ERF, look at america, July 13, 2009
The colorado river, was tamed by the Hover dam,
and other dams around it, now almost no water runs to the ocean, besides the killing the of the fish of the river and massive loss of cooling to the ocean (global warming comes from where warming waters, suprise)?, certainly other changes to the environment have occured, sorry in google earth you cannot see what is left of the river flowing to the ocean, it is fogged out.
written by Fred, July 13, 2009
by 2015 nothing will be left
written by Paul Turner, July 14, 2009
In reply to yellowlab; the disappearance of the sea is not a change, it's a disaster. The area around the sea was also used for industrial development, and many of the waste products ended up in the sea. The areas which have dried up are now toxic dustbowls, there are very few plants growing. When the wind blows the dust is picked up and spread around the the neighbouring disticts, where it poisons the remaining agriculture.
Local inhabitants are experiencing large increases in many diseases as a result.
The Kazkhstan government together with several international agencies have initiated a recovery program; the first step was the construction of a barrage across the Northen part of the sea and an overhaul of the irrigation systems in order to absorb less of the water flow from the rivers. The result is that the Kazak section of the sea has started to refill and overflow water is beginning to enter the Southern section. Unfortunately the nations bordering the Southern sections of the sea are unable to afford the measures to speed up the process. The images on Google earth are out of date, you need to look elsewhere for the current picture.
Just Think...
written by Ken, September 27, 2009
Of all the people that DIDN'T drown in the lake because it shrank! Thank you Russia for all the lives you saved
written by Nigger, October 19, 2009
United States Follows Suit
written by Global Patriot, December 27, 2009
We have done much the same thing here in the U.S. with regards to the Colorado River, every drop of which is now diverted for drinking or agriculture. It's sad that we don't fully account for the impact of altering nature to 'our benefit'.
Californians take notice!
written by John Dolan, January 01, 2010
California residents and politicians should be sent copies of try it get levitra prescription these photos. Water that they presume to be plentiful (and clean) may be here today and gone tomorrow if they keep mis-using and buy cheap generic levitra mis-pricing it.
Wake Up!
written by Thos Weatherby, February 12, 2010
Yes this looks ugly. An environmental nightmare. But you're for ethanol. But do you understand that for every gallon of ethanol that is made, 20000 gallons of water is used. Just an acre of corn evaporates 4000 gallons of water each and every day. This is just as bad as what is going on with the Aral Sea.

Unbind your mind,
There is no time.

Get yourself educated with knowledge, not emotion.
new cotton type
written by dr. lee, February 19, 2010
This was fated to happen after the cotton industry hit hard in that region. I hope my colleague's newly developed cotton will lower water irrigation and revive the Aral Sea before 2015, the estimated year when the generic viagra real Aral Sea while be fully evaporated.
written by Larry Wayune, November 17, 2010
this is just nature taking its course. man didnt make this lake dry up and blow away. it is one of the natural processes of evolution on the earth. alarmist always have this conspiracy notion that is true. wake up and grow up.

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