Sins of the Aral Sea assignment

Sins of the Aral Sea assignment
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  • The Aral Sea was one of the biggest inland seas in the world, but that was in the past.
  • A man named Yusup Kamalov has agreed to show me what the Aral Sea looks like now.
  • This is a salt storm.
  • The Soviets thought that a sodium chloride crust would form on the surface of the sea, but they were wrong.
  • There was even a Soviet bio weapons testing facility here where animals and such were subjected to numerous diseases in order to see if the diseases could be offensively used.
  • The Soviets used the Aral Sea with abandon in order to produce cotton.
  • Today all that's left is a small amount of water further north held by a dam to prevent it from drying up.
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