9. Aral - Prof. Turner The Earth Transformed 9.27.07 I) The...

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Prof. Turner The Earth Transformed 9.27.07 I) The Desiccation of the Aral 1) The Underlying Theme a Assumption “free-market” driven economies are necessarily more environmentally degrading than others b Assumption “command” economies are necessarily less environmentally degrading than others c The “opening” of the former USSR and new “exposures” about China indicate that these command economies were equal to or worse environmentally than western market economies: some of the most damaging impacts on states and flows from former USSR d Lesson: type of economy may be less important than other factors for environmental change 2) The Aral Sea: Pre-1960s a One of the largest freshwater bodies in the world (i) Area: 66,100 km 2 (ii) Volume: 1,066 km 3 (iii) 4 th largest freshwater body b Inland sea located in arid central Asia and fed by two “exotic” rivers that flow from the far western Himalayan uplift [Hindu Kush & Tien Shan Mountains] (i) Amu Dar’ ya (ii)
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This note was uploaded on 04/24/2008 for the course GEOG 180 taught by Professor Turner during the Fall '08 term at Clark University.

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9. Aral - Prof. Turner The Earth Transformed 9.27.07 I) The...

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