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The Slow Death Of The Aral Sea

NASA announced recently that the eastern basin of the once great Aral Sea dried up completely in the month of August for the first time in modern history. Previously the fourth-largest inland sea in the world, Soviet irrigation projects set up in the 1960s to support the Uzbek cotton industry have had a devastating effect on this body of water. Dmitry Volchek from RFE/RL's Russian Service traveled to the Aral Sea in May and brought back these poignant pictures.