Uzbekistan’s Dying Aral Sea Resurrected as Tourist Attraction

Rusting and stranded, ships that once operated on the Aral Sea now attract adventure tourists. (Photo: Adriane Lochner)

"I’m going for a swim," says Pelle Bendz, a 52-year-old Swede, as he rummages in the jeep for his bathing trunks. The other tourists look at him, bewildered. What’s left of the Aral Sea is reputed to be a toxic stew, contaminated by pesticides and other chemicals.

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Adriane Lochner is a Bishkek-based writer.

Uzbekistan’s Dying Aral Sea Resurrected as Tourist Attraction

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