The world’s fourth-largest freshwater lake was located between the Uzbek and Kazakhstan borders is now a sea of sand that stretches many kilometers.
The sea dried up dramatically, leaving historic abandoned fishing boats as a memento of a time before climate change.
To redirect the feeding rivers, the Soviet Union built 20,000 miles of canal, 45 dams, and over 80 reservoirs that provided large quantities of water in the desert.
They irrigated cotton farms in the desert, lowering the water level by 3 meters each year.
The irrigation system was very defective that led to the loss of water by 70%. In its wake, it left a deadly soil and dust desert due to pollution.
It used to be a thriving Soviet fishing port, but now it’s nothing but sand.
It is largely considered to be one of the worst environmental disasters in the history of mankind.
Many of Aral’s fishermen followed the lake’s eroding shoreline, but the salinity level rose as the lake evaporated, killing all of the fish.
The Soviet Union exploited the islands in the lake as secret biological weapons test sites.
There may be completely developed or partially developed biological weapons buried there.
The property has now been turned into a free-for-all zone where anyone can come and leave as they like.