Lake Baikal: a potential problem

Article is self-explanatory. Incidentally, when I was at university we used the Aral Sea as a case study for how not to do things. They diverted heaps of water to grow cotton, and the sea vanished.

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Marine Zoologist specialising in endangered species and remote atoll research. I use modern science and Ethnozoology to provide culturally meaningful conservation projects, with a special focus on the sustainable use of natural resources and food sovereignty. "Tread gently on the Earth"

3 thoughts on “Lake Baikal: a potential problem

  1. Venkatasamy Rama Krishna

    I remember reading about Lake Baikal , the impact of cotton plantations, and lowering water levels a long time ago Mike. I was, at that time, impressed by ships strayed on land. The problems today,accentuated by the effects of climate change, population growth and demands for cotton must have today caused irreversible damage. This is probably where a few lessons in sustainability could have helped.

  2. Michael White Post author

    Yes Ven, the Aral Sea once had major ports and all sorts of townships; some ended up 40 k or so from the receding waters. They would have had time to fix it too: basically they were extracting more water than was flowing in to the sea ~ so they saw it it shrinking, but contiunued planting cotton. Bizarre. Still we are no better these days: money first, Earth last 🙁

  3. Janos

    The more powerful a government the more damage it can make. Lake Baikal and Aral Sea are those sad examples we know. I’m afraid there are a pile of disasters what we haven’t even heard about.

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