By Siegmar-W. Breckle,Walter Wucherer,Liliya A. Dimeyeva,Nathalia P. Ogar

Having been the fourth greatest lake at the globe approximately 50 years in the past, this present day the Aral Sea now not exists. Human actions brought on its desiccation and the formation of an enormous new wasteland, the Aralkum, which are considered as one of many maximum ecological catastrophes and - while - the biggest fundamental succession test of mankind.

This quantity brings jointly the result of foreign and interdisciplinary long term experiences at the new wasteland surroundings and is split into 4 major sections. the 1st part presents an outline of the actual features of the world and covers geological, pedological, geomorphological and climatological points and their dynamics, specifically dust-storm dynamics. the second one specializes in the biotic points and highlights the spatial and temporal styles of the wildlife. within the 3rd part reports and tasks aiming to wrestle desertification by means of phytomelioration and to strengthen thoughts for the conservation of biodiversity are awarded. The publication is rounded off with a bit offering a synthesis and conclusions.

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Aralkum - a Man-Made Desert: The Desiccated Floor of the Aral Sea (Central Asia): 218 (Ecological Studies) by Siegmar-W. Breckle,Walter Wucherer,Liliya A. Dimeyeva,Nathalia P. Ogar


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