Springer Earth System Sciences

The Aral Sea

The Devastation and Partial Rehabilitation of a Great Lake

Editors: Micklin, Philip, Aladin, Nikolay, Plotnikov, Igor (Eds.)

  • First book in the new Springer-Praxis Earth System Science Series
  • Written by a global team of experts with up-to-date knowledge of the Aral Sea
  • Highly regarded lead Editor, Dr Philip Micklin has written recent NATO book, an article in Scientific American and a review in Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Explores theories and makes comparisons with the available data
  • Looks at possible solutions and their extension to similar areas in the world
  • Makes good use of colour images for scientific interpretation
  • Unrivalled in approach, this book delivers broad coverage of the topic and tackles possible influences, causes and consequences
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About this book

The book is structured into six core parts. The first part sets the scene and explains how the use of Aral basin water resources, primarily used for irrigation, have destroyed the Aral Sea. The team explains how spheres and events interact and the related problems. Part 2 examines the social consequences of the ecological catastrophe and the affect of the Aral Sea desiccation on cultural and economic conditions of near Aral region. Part 3 explores the scientific causes of the destruction using detailed analyses and data plus some of their own research spanning aquatic biology, terrestrial biology, hydrology, water management and biodiversity. They also share some of the latest archaeological discoveries and paleobotanical analysis to delineate past levels and characteristics of the Aral Sea. There is particular focus on modern remote sensing and GIS techniques and how they can monitor the Aral Sea and the environment. Part 4 discusses regional and international initiatives to mitigate human and ecological problems of the Aral Sea and the wider political and economic consequences. With thorough insight of the total environment cost, the final chapters of the book will provide lessons for the future. There are insightful case studies throughout. Multidisciplinary by nature, all titles in our new reference book series will explore significant changes within the Earth’s ecosystems and to some extent, and will tackle ways to think about our changing environment.

Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • Nature and Economy in the Aral Sea Basin

    Kristopher D. White

    Pages 301-335

  • The Biological Future of the Aral Sea

    Igor S. Plotnikov, Nikolay V. Aladin

    Pages 355-359

  • Efforts to Revive the Aral Sea

    Philip Micklin

    Pages 361-380

  • The Siberian Water Transfer Schemes

    Philip Micklin

    Pages 381-404

Buy this book

eBook $179.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-642-02356-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $229.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-02355-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $229.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-662-50554-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Aral Sea
Book Subtitle
The Devastation and Partial Rehabilitation of a Great Lake
Editors
  • Philip Micklin
  • Nikolay Aladin
  • Igor Plotnikov
Series Title
Springer Earth System Sciences
Series Volume
10178
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-02356-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-02356-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-02355-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-50554-0
Series ISSN
2197-9596
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 453
Number of Illustrations and Tables
47 b/w illustrations, 31 illustrations in colour
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