Presentation on theme: "PHOTO-REPORT ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPEDITION TO THE ARAL SEA"— Presentation transcript:
1PHOTO-REPORT ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPEDITION TO THE ARAL SEA 11th World Lake Conference October 31 – November 4, 2005, Nairobi, KenyaPHOTO-REPORT ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPEDITION TO THE ARAL SEAAugust 22 – September 23, 2005N. Aladin, I. Plotnikov, Ph. Micklin, D. Piriulin, L. Kuznetsov, I. Pankratova, S. Sokolov, E. Putnam, B. Mukhamadiev, J.-F. Cretaux, G. Reznichenko, C. Pala
2NORTHERN ARAL SEA TRIP (Image date September 4, 2004) AkespeAralskTastubekShevchenko BaySmall Aral SeaAkbastyTshche Bas BayNew DikeKaraterenChernishev BayKulandyBarsekelmes IslandLarge Aral Sea (west)Large Aral Sea (east)
3SOUTHERN ARAL SEA TRIP (left image, April 8, 2005)
4During NG expedition we made 4 main routes: Aralsk city – Kamyshlybash lake – Syrdarya river delta – Karateren village – former Barsakelmes island – medieval Kerdery village – Berg strait area – Aralsk cityAralsk city – Zhalanash village – Tastubel village – Butakov bay – Aralsk cityAralsk city – Butakov bay – Akespe village – Chernyshov bay – Kulandy vilage – Tschebas bay – Akbasty vilage – Shevchenko bay – Aralsk cityNukus city – Muinak city – Mezhdurechensky, Sarbas, Muynak reservoirs – Amudarya river delta – Akdarya river bed – Uchsay vilage – Ustjurt plateau – Large Aral Sea coast near New Aktumsyk meteostation – Sudochie Lake – Nukus cityAral Sea today
5Group photo of National Geographic Aral Sea expedition participants
6Prof. P.Micklin from Western Michigan University, the leader of expedition
75View to the eastern part of Butakov bay from the cliff
76View to the eastern part of Butakov bay from the cliff
77View to the central part of Butakov bay from the cliff
78View to the western part of Butakov bay from the cliff. P View to the western part of Butakov bay from the cliff. P.Micklin is making notes about current weather
79Oil and gas drill tower on the former Aral Sea bottom.
80Gas condensate plant not far from Muynak Gas condensate plant not far from Muynak. Western tip of former Tigrovy Khvost (Tiger’s tale) island.
81Permanently closed tube that formally gives water to Muynak reservoir Permanently closed tube that formally gives water to Muynak reservoir. Gate is closed forever in order to decrease groundwater level in the area.
82Sampling of benthos in Muynak water reservoir (former it was a gulf of the Aral Sea)
83N.Aladin near beautiful rock at the western coast of the Large Aral Sea
84The same rock. Local people name it “steam locomotive”
85Salinity is so high that you could read while floating.
86Salinity is so high that you could read while floating.
87Mark of GEF Agency at the coast of the Large Aral Sea
88Rocky coast of the Large Aral Sea and water sampling on shoals