Not so long ago, the Aral Sea was the 4th largest freshwater lake in the world. So how does one of the most massive bodies of water in the world vanish? A giant, Cold War-era Soviet project comes to town, that's how. A project intended to boost cotton production in an arid region of Uzbekistan diverted the rivers that feed the Aral Sea away from their natural source. Without the rivers feeding into the lake, it has simply and steadily dried up over the years. It evidently left a huge fleet of ships and boats--the Aral Sea was once home to a thriving fishing economy.
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World's 4th Largest Lake Nearly Dried Up
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday called the drying up of the Aral Sea one of the planet's most shocking disasters and urged Central Asian leaders to step up efforts to solve the problem. Once the world's fourth-largest lake, the sea has shrunk by 90 percent since the rivers that feed it were largely diverted in a Soviet project to boost cotton production in the arid region. The shrunken sea has ruined the once-robust fishing economy and left fishing trawlers stranded in sandy wastelands, leaning over as if they dropped from the air. The sea's evaporation has left layers of highly salted sand, which winds can carry as far away as Scandinavia and Japan, and which plague local people with health troubles.
Asia is the world's largest continent in terms of both size and population. The continent features diverse climates and geological features and contains a large number of lakes that vary considerably in shape, size, and origin. The largest lake in Asia is the Caspain Sea.