A Tear for the Last Drop in the Aral Sea

Peter Watkins Filmmaker and Media Critic
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In the year 2000, we made The Hospital at the End of the Earth for the CBC series The Nature of Things. It was about the human tragedy of probably the worst environmental tragedy of the 20th Century. Here are two pictures of the shrinking Aral Sea. The first was taken in the year we made our film and the other was taken in 2009. The black line is the boundary of the Aral Sea in the 1960s. It didn’t take long to cause this irreversible damage. It’s heartsickening to see and just so sad.

Aral Sea 2000

Aral Sea 2000

Aral Sea 2009

Aral Sea 2009

The Aral was once the 4th largest lake in the world, bigger than Lake Huron! There was a thriving fishing and tourist industry. Now there are thriving dust storms.

For more please see the page for The Hospital at the End of the Earth

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