The Aral Sea disaster
Cotton is an important cash crop; it can earn producing countries much foreign income
During the 1960’s the old Soviet government planned to achieve self-sufficiency in cotton
Cotton is a water intensive crop; water is needed to allow the crop to grow and to apply fertilizers and pesticides
The Aral Sea is located within central Asian desert. Crops can only survive the hot dry summer with the help of intensive irrigation.
Irrigation water was provided by two rivers- the Syr Darya and the Amu Darya…