The Aral Sea used to be a thriving, healthy ecosystem, but when the Uzbek S.S.R. started digging miles of irrigation canals to sustain cotton plantations, the sea quickly experienced ecological consequences.
The sea suffered major drought which resulted in toxic levels of sodium chloride, a pesticide called DDT found in the dust, carcinogens, toxaphene, phosalone, and hexachlorocyclohexane. These chemicals were found in the food chain on every level, leading to the genocide of the sea’s ecosystem.
Soon the sea- now the huge desert where the sea used to be- was completely dry and incredibly unsafe for any living organism because of the toxic levels of chemicals. Salt storms along with the community developing a growth of 25 times the usual esophageal cancer rate was all a result of the sea drying up.