20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Aral Sea ecological crisis

The photo represents the ecological distress of the Aral Sea - once the world's fourth largest lake it dried up to 10% of its' size within a few decades to to vast irrigation of the USSR. Now the rusting ships remind of the prosperios sea-port, which was the city of Muynak in the middle of last century.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2016
Date Uploaded: 09.2022
Photo Location: Muynak, Uzbekistan
Camera: NIKON D7000
Copyright: © Azamat Matkarimov