TIL that since the 1960s, the Aral Sea, formerly the fourth largest lake in the world, has been drying up, leaving hundreds of fishing boats rusting in the desert

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  1. I’ve been to the northern part, where the sea used to be.

    It’s bizarre. Beyond some old boats you’d never know there was ever water there let alone a sea. The locals used to have a livelihood and now have zip.

    The USSR elect stupidly drained/diverted it for irrigation purposes.
    One of the worlds greatest ecological fuck ups.

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