Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Recovery of the North Aral Sea

Here's some Good News about an inland sea that is starting to recover. The North Aral Sea is beginning to get deeper, and cleaner, and starting to hold much much more wildlife -- according to this story from the Environment News Service.

This picture shows how much water was lost from 1989 - 2003. Not a good scene. It took the creation of the Kok-Aral dam (pictured at the right) to boost the water levels in the north sea. This has helped not only fishermen, but wildlife and farmers. Here are some stats from the article:

The North Aral Sea's surface increased from 2,550 square kilometers (985 square miles) in 2003, the ministry said, to 3,300 square kilometers (1,275 square miles) in 2008.

And the sea's depth increased from 30 meters (98 feet) in 2003 to 42 meters (138 feet) in 2008.

Enjoy success stories when you can find them,


[photo credit in linked article; via my Canukistani operative "Yuri"]

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