Coping with the Shrinking Aral Sea

On the shores of what was once the world's fourth-largest inland body of water, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan are trying different solutions

The Aral Sea as Uzbeks and Kazakhs knew it a generation ago is gone for good. Refilling the sea back to the shoreline of the first half of the 20th century "is unachievable in the foreseeable future," says Taisiya Budnikova, a senior staff scientist from the Kazakhstan Ministry of Education and Science.

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