The Receding Waters Of Central Asia

Once, long ago, the Amu-Darya, one of Central Asia’s two great rivers, emptied into the Caspian Sea. There is still evidence of the “Uzboy” canal system in what is now southwestern Turkmenistan and indications that some 4,000 years ago it was a rich agricultural area. Now it is just a desert and there are concerns that mismanagement of water resources and climate change could transform other parts of Central Asia into desert lands.

  • David

    The population has increased so much that they drank all the water.

    • tom_billesley

      It was used for irrigation of cottonfields on Soviet collective and state farms.

  • AlanUK

    Climate change has little or nothing to do with the water problem.

    There are a number of sound examples of mismanagement. In addition,in a quote from the link:

    “Madani noted, though, that this syndrome is the product of mismanagement, not climate change. ‘The Aral Sea is probably the classic example of mismanagement and man-made disaster but we’re seeing this elsewhere. The problem is in the developing world.'”

  • DD_Austin

    It’s called muslim “civilization”

    The same thing happened to North Africa in the 800s
    once a garden, now a arid shithole

    • Clausewitz

      Yep, they are the human equivalents of locusts.

  • UCSPanther

    The Central Valley of California and Central Asia have so much in common on this front…

  • Dana Garcia

    Didn’t Stalin syphon off a lot for his big agriculture projects, or am I thinking of somewhere else?

    • Solo712

      It was Khruschev’s grandiose plan of irrigating the Kazakh steppes (“tseliny”) that led to the derouting of the Amu Darya and the subsequent drying up of the Aral Sea.

  • simus1

    Massive irrigation projects in the third world create massive deserts because growing cotton results in massive damage to soil and aquifers.
    Think of entire regions and countries organized and run just like our Indian reserves.
    With identical results.

    • Maurixio Garciasanchez

      Then that means your opinion could be the same problem that California is facing now .

  • Norman_In_New_York

    It was the sound management practices of the communists that caused this problem.