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Araali meri

Taavi @ 06.04.2010 09:02 | Registreerunud: 01.04.2003

Tänaseks on Araali merest järgi vaid 10% ja arvatakse, et aastaks 2020 ca 0%.

Not so long ago, the Aral Sea was the 4th largest freshwater lake in the world. Now, it's only 10% of its former size. In what the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is calling one of the most shocking disasters on the planet, the Aral Sea has literally all but dried up. So how does one of the most massive bodies of water in the world vanish?

A giant, Cold War-era Soviet project comes to town, that's how. A project intended to boost cotton production in an arid region of Uzbekistan diverted the rivers that feed the Aral Sea away from their natural source. Without the rivers feeding into the lake, it has simply and steadily dried up over the years. And now, 90% of the entire Aral Sea is gone.

via Treehugger







Promm @ 06.04.2010 10:02 | Registreerunud: 01.04.2003

Päris nulli vist siiski ei lähe, see põhjapoolne loik eraldati tammiga ja see on isegi veits kasvanud.
Siiski pole just väga suur võit et 68000 km²-st suudeti päästa 3300 (Peipsi on 3555 km²).

Taavi @ 06.04.2010 12:26 | Registreerunud: 01.04.2003

Ojee - see Jossiga illustratsioon on küll paras "rosin" :))

Panen siia Wiki lingi

+ veel paar huvitavat nüanssi seoses keemiarelva ja naftaga:

Bioweapons facility on Vozrozhdeniya Island

In 1948, a top-secret Soviet bioweapons laboratory was established on the island in the center of the Aral Sea which is now disputed territory between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The exact history, functions and current status of this facility have not yet been disclosed. The base was abandoned in 1992 following the disintegration of the Soviet Union. Scientific expeditions proved that this had been a site for production, testing and later dumping of pathogenic weapons. In 2002, through a project organized by the United States and with Uzbekistan assistance, 10 anthrax burial sites were decontaminated. According to the Kazakh Scientific Center for Quarantine and Zoonotic Infections, all burial sites of anthrax were decontaminated.

Oil and gas exploration

Ergash Shaismatov, the Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan, announced on August 30, 2006, that the Uzbek government and an international consortium consisting of state-run Uzbekneftegaz, LUKoil Overseas, Petronas, Korea National Oil Corporation, and China National Petroleum Corporation signed a production sharing agreement to explore and develop oil and gas fields in the Aral Sea, saying, "The Aral Sea is largely unknown, but it holds a lot of promise in terms of finding oil and gas. There is risk, of course, but we believe in the success of this unique project." The consortium was created in September 2005.