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.

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