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Misleading Lists of Large Lakes

By Martin W. Lewis | March 1, 2012 |

Conventional lists of the world’s largest lakes by area are often misleading. Most claim that the Aral Sea is one of the Earth’s most extensive bodies of inland water, some placing it in the fourth position, and others, including infoplease and factmonster, in sixth place. In actuality, the Aral Sea has virtually disappeared, and now is essentially a massive salt-flat, …

Exhausting the Inexhaustible: Ogalala and Aral Illustrated

By Samuel Raphael Franco | April 26, 2010 |

Earlier in the week, Professor Lewis left us with a dazzling posting on the Death and Partial Rebirth of the Aral Sea. To see the decline of the Aral and the Ogalala at its most dramatic, download this week’s Google Earth File, as the companion and informational heart of this post. For those of you whom

The Death, and Partial Rebirth, of the Aral Sea

By Martin W. Lewis | April 22, 2010 |

After touring the remains of the Aral Sea by helicopter in April 2010, U.N. secretary general Ban-Ki Moon expressed shock at the scale of devastation. “It is clearly one of the worst environmental disasters of the world,” he reported. “It really left with me a profound impression, one of sadness that such a mighty sea

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