Aral Sea Bed

Category: Sense of Place


Photo and caption by Catriona Gray

Crossing the former Aral Sea bed. The sea shore of this once mighty salt lake now lies over 150km from where it was in the 1970s. The ground is dry and dusty but turns to thick mud when it rains. Saline conditions in the earth form a thick salt crust. Little plant or animal life survives here.

Location: Between the Ustyurt plateau and Moynak, Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan


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