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The Aral Sea Encyclopedia by Igor S. Zonn, M. Glantz, Aleksey N. Kosarev, Andrey G. Kostianoy
  

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The Aral Sea Encyclopedia by Igor S. Zonn, M. Glantz, Aleksey N. Kosarev, Andrey G. Kostianoy

The ``Aral Sea Encyclopedia'' is the first one in the new series of encyclopedias about the seas of the former Soviet Union. Preparing it we faced certain difficulties. The thing is that this encyclopedia is a monument to the sea that is disappearing during our lifetime. The world community considers the situation with the Aral Sea and all changes that occurred in its whereabouts in the recent decades as one of the most serious, if not disastrous anthropogenic environmental crises of the 20th century. Before 1960, this was a water-abundant sea-lake that was fourth among world lakes after the Caspian Sea (USSR, Iran), the Great Lakes (USA, Canada) and Victoria Lake (Africa). This was a real ``pearl'' among the sands of the largest deserts, the Karakums and the Kyzylkums. Navigation between the sea ports Muinak and Aralsk and fisheries famous for the Aral breams, barbells, sturgeons, shemaya, and others were developed here. One could find beautiful recreational zones and beaches here. The deltas of the Amudarya, the major river of Central Asia, and the Syrdarya bringing their waters into the Aral Sea were famous for their biodiversity, fishery, muskrat rearing, reed prod- tion. The local population found occupations related to the water infrastructure.

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The Aral was something between a sea and a lake: a large inland body of salty water surrounded by semi-desert, fed by two great rivers ... . Now, in some seasons, the two rivers do not even reach the Aral ... . As a result the Aral is now a shrinking collection of shallow saline lakes, interspersed with dry salt pans. ... University libraries catering for academic programmes in environmental sciences, geography or East European/Central Asian studies may find it worth acquiring this ... . (Martin Guha, Reference Reviews, Vol. 23 (6), 2009)

This encyclopedia documents the environmental devastation of Central Asia's Aral Sea region. Contributors have synthesized the principal research about the Aral Sea, chronicling the events and actors involved in its dramatic decline. Most entries provide a succinct, clearly written narrative; some include black-and-white photographs, diagrams, or maps. ... Included is a time line of Aral Sea events from the 16th to 21st centuries. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. (G. P. Clement, Choice, Vol. 47 (2), October, 2009)


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Publication date

19th October 2010

Author

Igor S. Zonn, M. Glantz, Aleksey N. Kosarev, Andrey G. Kostianoy

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Publisher

Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K an imprint of Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG

Format

Paperback
290 pages

Categories

Historical geology
Physical geography & topography
Regional & area planning
Ecological science, the Biosphere
Ecological science, the Biosphere
Environmental science, engineering & technology

ISBN

9783642098772

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