Once a bustling fishing community and Uzbekistan's only port city with tens of thousands of residents, Moynaq is now a shadow of its former self, dozens of miles from the rapidly receding shoreline of the Aral Sea. Fishing had always been part of the economy of the region, and Moynaq became a center of industrial fishing and canning. However, overfishing the shallow sea in the past made it very susceptible to economic collapse as the Aral Sea has dried up. A regional agricultural monoculture dominated by cotton production which diverts water from tributary rivers of the sea into irrigation, and severe pollution caused by agricultural chemical runoff, are causing the sea to evaporate and the water that remains is highly saline and very toxic, causing the ecological disaster which is destroying the sea and killing the residents of the towns in its vicinity, including Moynaq.
Moynaq's major "tourist attractions" are the incongruous armada of rusting hulks that once made up the proud fishing fleet during the Soviet era, and a one-room museum devoted to Moynaq's heritage as a center of the fishing industry. Poisonous dust storms kicked up by strong winds across the dried and polluted seabed give rise to a multitude of chronic and acute illnesses among the few residents who have chosen to remain, most of them ethnic Karakalpaks, and weather unmoderated by the sea now buffets the town with hotter-than-normal summers and colder-than-normal winters.
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Galoy (372) 2009-12-12 14:06
Hola Kostan, impresionante fotografía. Me apena profundamente ver la proa de aquellas oxidadas embarcaciones apuntar hacia el horizonte marino que jamás alcanzarán.
Cruel testimonio de una realidad terrible y desesperanzadora. Pronto caerá la noche sobre la arena, así como cayó el olvido en esos orgullosos barcos que aún se mantienen erguidos esperando un mañana que no vendrá.
Te felicito por esta fotografía documental que muestra la inmensidad de aquel fondo marino. Importante advertencia para todo el mundo.
Me gustan mucho las sombras alargadas que hacen más dramática aún la escena.
Felicitaciones, un gran trabajo.
planetphotoet13 (1099) 2010-01-06 13:13
Wonderfull,beautifull and excellent photo,very
good collor and pov,but where is the water?
Where is the sea? Thats boats, Navys is Real? and big?
Thank you for share and I wish you have a Happy! New Year of 2010,
Hugs from Brazil,
- Copyright: Konstantin Novakovic (Kostan) (423)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-23
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 DC OS
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2009-12-12 12:53