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)
Kosarev A.N., Kostianoy A.G. Introduction Zonn I.S., Kosarev A.N. History of Investigation and Exploration of the Aral Sea Svitoch A.A. Paleogeographical history of the Aral Sea Kosarev A.N., Kostianoy A.G. The Aral Sea in natural conditions (till 1960) Zonn I.S. Socio-Economic Conditions of the Aral Sea Region Before 1960 Zonn I.S. Reasons of the environmental and socioeconomic crisis Surkova G.V. Regional climate variability Asarin A.E., Kravtsova V.I., Mikhailov V.N. Amudarya and Syrdarya Rivers and their Deltas Zavialov P.O. Physical Oceanography of the Large Aral Sea Ginzburg A.I., Kostianoy A.G., Sheremet N.A., Kravtsova V.I. Satellite Monitoring of the Aral Sea Region Cretaux J.-F., Letolle R., Kouraev A. Aral Sea level variability Kouraev A., Cretaux J.-F. Ice conditions from historical and satellite observations Zavialov P.O., Ni A.A. Chemistry of the Large Aral Sea Sapozhnikov Ph.V., Arashkevich E.G., Ivanishcheva P.S. Biodiversity Boroffka N.G.O. Archaeology and its relevance to climate and lake level changes: a review Glantz M.H. Creeping Environmental Disasters: Central Asia's Aral Seas Kosarev A.N., Kostianoy A.G. Conclusions
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