Unformatted text preview: n between 1983 and 1994 quadrupled,
with the four African countries surrounding the
lake competing for water for irrigation.
This has accounted for a 30% decrease in the size
of the lake since the early 1960s.
15 16 What happened? Sharing Water Resources The former Soviet Union's need for hard
currency spurred the creation of a Central
Asian cotton belt - and an extensive
irrigation system to support it.
Today 90% of the water meant to reach
the Aral Sea never gets there. 17 1950s: Soviet Union diverts water for
irrigation Aral Sea shrinks 1991: Soviet Union
breaks up 5 countries working
to help Aral Sea 18 3 3/29/2011 Water has to be shared in two ways: Effects: The reduction in water has caused a
tripling in the salinity, loss of most of the
fishery and general declines in aquatic
The sea moderated the area's climate, and
its shrinking has led to hotter, shorte...
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