Thanks to large-scale restoration efforts, the North Aral Sea has seen a resurgence of fish—a boon to the communities that rely on it.
By Dene-Hern Chen
Photographs by Taylor Weidman
Published March 16, 2018
For millennia the Aral Sea reigned as one of the planet’s largest inland bodies of water, straddling what is now Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Today its decline serves as a cautionary tale.
By Mark Synnott
Photographs by Carolyn Drake
Published June 2015
Once thriving, the vast Asian lake was drained for irrigation.
By Brian Clark Howard
Published 2 October 2014
With help from the government, the World Bank, and scientists, the northern part of the Aral has started to make a recovery. There are fish in the water again, and for the past four years, fishermen have gathered to celebrate.
By Patrick Walters
Published 22 April 2010
The Aral Sea dried up over several decades, leaving behind grounded ships, crumbling buildings, and starving people. While part of the sea is making a comeback, photos show how bad the damage once was.
Photograph by Philip Micklin
Published 25 April 2010
The Aral Sea fell victim to Soviet designs to irrigate huge swaths of desert and now offers only a poisoned catch.
By Mansur Mirovalev, Al Jazeera
Published: 11 June 2015
A Soviet-era story explains how the Aral Sea became a ship graveyard. Young Uzbeks are now trying to revive the water.
by Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska, Al Jazeera
Published: 17 Sept 2018
Successful recovery efforts have brought back the sea and new hope for devastated Aral Sea communities in Kazakhstan.
by Didier Bizet
Published 12 July 2016, Al Jazeera