Memories of Water

Until 1970, the Aral Sea was the fourth-largest lake on earth. But the Soviet policy of diverting rivers to boost the cotton industry gradually began decimating the lake. As cotton industry, the fish-rich lake became unnecessary. Parts of the Aral Sea located in Uzbekistan now look like a parched ghost town of the American West. In Kazakhstan, efforts are being made to keep the lake alive. But in environmental terms, the Aral Sea’s slow demise represents one of thegreatest man-made disasters of modern times.