The environmental problems in the Aral Sea region continue to worsen. This volume presents the information gathered to date on various aspects of the Aral Sea environment. Specialists from institutions in Russia, Uzbekistan, France, Germany and the USA cover different topics - from the paleohistory and archaeology of the region, to the present physical, chemical and biological state of the sea, and the analysis of the runoff and deltas of the Amudarya and Syrdarya rivers. Further, the regional climate change is discussed and reasons for the progressing environmental crisis and the socio-economic problems in the region are highlighted. "The Aral Sea Environment" is addressed to scientists working in the fields of physical oceanography, marine chemistry, biology, and the environmental sciences.
From the reviews: "The evolution and present characteristics of physical oceanography, marine chemistry and marine biology of the Sea are extensively discussed. ! useful to students and postgraduates specialising in the research of inland seas and lakes. ! this monograph will help the readers ! especially in relation to the present-day conditions of this extremely interesting and unique water body with a tragic history, to assess the alterations that have occurred over the last 50 years, and to establish new strategies for its conservation and recovery." (International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 91 (6), May, 2011)
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