Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Aral Sea - Now, It's a Desert Full of Old Shipwrecks...

Have you ever wanted to walk across the bottom of the River, Lake or Ocean to see all the ships that have sunk ? Well, It might not be possible for a normal people to see that. But when these water bodies get's dried it could be possible. Here is one such lake known as the Aral sea which has dries leaving a desert full of old shipwrecks...


The Aral Sea was a lake that lay between Kazakhstan in the north and Karakalpakstan, an autonomous region of Uzbekistan, in the south. The name roughly translates as "Sea of Islands", referring to more than 1,534 islands that once dotted its waters.




Formerly one of the four largest lakes in the world with an area of 68,000 square kilometers, the Aral Sea has been steadily shrinking since the 1960s after the rivers that fed it were diverted by Soviet irrigation projects. By 2007, it had declined to 10% of its original size, By 2009, the southeastern lake had disappeared and the southwestern lake retreated to a thin strip at the extreme west of the former southern sea. And now the Aral sea is almost gone leaving a desert full of old shipwrecks...