Causes of Aral Sea Reduction

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  • Causes of the reduction of Aral Sea
    • Soviet Government
      • Diverted huge amounts of water in 1950s from the 2 rivers
    • Chemical fertilizers used in huge amounts (like DDT)
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    • Population in area doubled to 27 million by 1980s
    • Amu Darya Delta was used to grow rice and cotton
      • Rapid irrigation development
        • 4.5 million hectares in 1960
        • 7 million hectares in 1980


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