In a vain decision to dominate the global cotton market Soviet engineers tamed the elements of the bitter Central Asian plains. By leading water from the mighty Aralskoye More the desert was made to bloom, but the output came at a terrible price.
The oasis of arable land in Qaraqlpakstan dried up and the lake slowly started creeping north. The city of Moynaq, with its fishing industry and modern canning factory was reduced to an inhospitable and forgotten backwater village, home to salty duststorms, poisonous soil and unemployment.
The last remnants of the once proud fishing fleet remain deep in the desert as a testament to the fury unleashed when man decides to play god, whittling away piece by piece until nothing but sand will remain.
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Yar (793) 2007-03-04 6:12
a powerfull and yet a sad picture of the rusty vessel lost in the sands. the Aral Sea tragedy used to be discussed intensively in the 80s and 90s, but unfortunately it is not a hot topic anymore, at least outside the Aral territory. And that's a pity.
TRECE (221) 2007-03-04 7:58
Gran Fotografia.Saludos desde Madrid(Spain)
Charo (51208) 2007-03-04 9:38
Hola Johan, bienvenido a TE
Estupenda captura, buen contraste.
scalerman (26900) 2007-03-04 11:20
Johan: great note. You can saturate more thoroughly fine journalistic images like this to give them more appeal. Finely come upon though. regards, c
dinkar (196) 2007-04-18 1:56
Great photo. Poignant and powerful reminder of what we are doing to planet earth.
Ps. I agree with you about excessive use of post-processing on TE.