Kazakhstan: Measuring the Northern Aral’s Comeback

The water level continues to rise in the Northern Aral Sea thanks to the Kokaral Dam and 13-kilometer dike at the southern edge of the recovering lake. As the northern part of the Aral Sea, once the world’s fourth-largest lake, continues to expand, the fishing industry is slowly returning as well. (Photo: David Trilling)

Thanks to one of the worst manmade environmental disasters in recorded history, the Aral Sea is disappearing. But a small section of the sea in the north is reviving – and fish are returning.
 

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Stephen M. Bland is a freelance journalist who covers the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Kazakhstan: Measuring the Northern Aral’s Comeback

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