-Formally one of the four largest lakes in the world.
-Has been steadily shrinking after the rivers that fed it were diverted by Soviet irrigation projects.
-The shrinking of the lake has been called "one of the planet’s worst environmental disasters".
-Receding sea has left the plains covered with salt and toxic chemicals left from weapons testing, industrial projects, pesticides, and fertilizer runoff.
-Toxic dust storms cause several health problems and kill crops in the region.
-Once had a large and booming fishing industry. The lake reportedly accounted for one-sixth of the Soviet Union’s fish catch.
-Estimated overall cost of damage to the region is estimated at 35-40 billion rubles.
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