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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 a major new wilderness, the Aralkum, which are considered as one of many maximum ecological catastrophes and - while - the most important basic succession test of mankind.

This quantity brings jointly the result of foreign and interdisciplinary long term reports at the new desolate tract surroundings and is split into 4 major sections. the 1st part presents an summary of the actual features of the world and covers geological, pedological, geomorphological and climatological facets and their dynamics, particularly dust-storm dynamics. the second one specializes in the biotic facets and highlights the spatial and temporal styles of the wildlife. within the 3rd part experiences and tasks aiming to strive against desertification by way of phytomelioration and to advance options for the conservation of biodiversity are awarded. The publication is rounded off with a piece delivering 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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