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The Former Aral Sea

Welcome to the banks of the Aral Sea, circa 1965.
Donít see any water, huh? It's amazing what 40 years of draining does. The sea bed looks like a Mexican landscape, until you step on the soft sand and see little clam shells scattered everywhere, bleached by the intense sun.

Numerous boats became stranded in the sand; a few rusted hulls remain, but most have been chopped up and sold to China as scrap metal.

A gaggle of boys ran with our caravan through the hot sand. They begged us for our drinking water and food.

Myunak once was a thriving coastal town for fisherman and tourists. It is now impoverished and most inhabitants are subsistence farmers.

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