This vast desert with old ships and fishing boats seem like a set from a movie, but it’s actually real. Interestingly, the Aral Sea in Central Asia was once a huge lake – the fourth largest in the world – that has shrunken in size, leaving the place barren and dry.
The then-26,000-square mile area served as a border between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. But starting in the 1960s, the place dried up when rivers that supply its waters were diverted elsewhere.
Old ships and abandoned fishing boats rest on the desert plains…
…that was once one of the world’s largest lakes half the size of England.
The cause for this phenomenon dubbed as one of Earth’s “most shocking environmental disasters” is the Soviet Union’s intention of boosting the cotton plantations in the arid region. The ambitious Soviet project – a diversion of the two rivers that fed into the Aral Sea – was only a short-term success. The engineers decided that the Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers would irrigate the desert, where cotton could be grown for future exports – but the implementation of the idea led to an ecological catastrophe.
The sea once stretched for about 26,000 square miles, but has dried up beginning in the 1960s.
Irrigation for cotton plantations contributed greatly to the sea’s evaporation.
The evaporation of the sea resulted in layers of sand that have extremely high sodium content. Winds can carry this sand to different regions as far as Japan and Scandinavia, which also contributed to health problems. Cancer and other illnesses are also common in this once-popular fishing area.
“You can’t see salt in the air, but you feel it on the skin, and you can feel it on a tongue,” said a local woman, whose husband suffers from chronic bronchitis. But the salt isn’t the only threat; the wind also spreads dangerous pesticides.
It was the fourth largest lake in the world.
Satellite images of the Aral Sea. From 1964 to 2014.
The area was also given a new name, the Aralkum Desert.
Imagine yourself traveling from the small Kazakh city of Aralsk to the Aral Sea, which is slowly and steadily dying. Having turned into desert, it is now home to camels and abandoned ships decorated with graffiti depicting the ghosts of sailors.
However, there might be some hope for Aral Sea as nearby nations want to help out with restoration projects. These efforts to restore the water in the great lake started in the 1960s; some of them failed, while a few succeeded – just like the project in Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan constructed a large dam around the remnants of Aral Sea and called it Dike Kokaral. Thanks to this dam, the waters are starting to rise up again.
Dike Kokaral in Kazakhstan helps restore water levels in parts of the Aral Sea
Fish population has been replenished and the presence of water in the area also helped bring down rain again
The dam may contribute only a little, but it is already a big step towards bringing back life to Aral Sea.
Forget Those Two-Wheeled Fakers, This is The Real “Hoverboard”!
No wheels. Just impeccable ability to let you fly. The future is here!
Is it your secret wish to fly? If so, then you would totally love this new "hoverboard" in the air type of invention called Flyboard Air.
Flyboard Air resembles that of a jetpack that you can stand on while it flies up in the air, leaving you marveling at the beauty of nature and breeze of the wind.
The amazing device was invented by French jet ski wonder Franky Zapata, who also invented the Flyboard, which is works by attaching it to a boat and allows one to feel the thrill while above the sea surface.
The Flyboard Air is a different story because it does not require attachment to a sea- or ground-based foundation like a boat. Ultimately, people using the Flyboard Air does not need to be above the water because it literally is flying without wings....
Wounded Soldier to Become First American to Undergo G*****l Replacement Surgery
He lost his schlong, but not for long…
One unfortunate soldier who was wounded in Afghanistan in a very delicate part of his anatomy may very well turn his luck around when he becomes the first American to undergo an experimental transplant surgery...involving his reproductive organ.
The organ transplant, which will take place at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will be a 12-hour procedure and the first of its kind in the U.S.
The question is, will the soldier's replacement manhood actually work after the procedure?
5 Scientifically-Proven Reasons the Eldest Child is the Best
Oldest kid rules!
The contention over who the best child in the family is, between the eldest to the youngest, has finally been proven by science to silence the long-standing dispute once and for all.
There have been a lot of debates going on as to whether the eldest, the middle, or the youngest child takes the cake for being the all-around number one, and according to five reasons backed by science, the eldest child takes home the medal.
Unfortunately for the younger siblings, these five reasons are based on science, and have a greater ring of truth about them:
#1. Eldest children are typically more loyal to the family, more responsible, and are focused on achievement.