Ecological Studies

Aralkum - a Man-Made Desert

The Desiccated Floor of the Aral Sea (Central Asia)

Editors: Breckle, S.-W., Wucherer, W., Dimeyeva, L.A., Ogar, N.P. (Eds.)

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Having been the fourth largest lake on the globe roughly 50 years ago, today the Aral Sea no longer exists. Human activities caused its desiccation and the formation of a huge new desert, the Aralkum, which can be regarded as one of the greatest ecological catastrophes and - at the same time - the largest primary succession experiment of mankind.

This volume brings together the results of international and interdisciplinary long-term studies on the new desert ecosystem and is divided into four main sections. The first section provides an overview of the physical characteristics of the area and covers geological, pedological, geomorphological and climatological aspects and their dynamics, especially dust-storm dynamics. The second focuses on the biotic aspects and highlights the spatial and temporal patterns of the flora and fauna. In the third section studies and projects aiming to combat desertification by phytomelioration and to develop strategies for the conservation of biodiversity are presented. The book is rounded off with a section providing a synthesis and conclusions.

Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • The Aralkum, a Man-Made Desert on the Desiccated Floor of the Aral Sea (Central Asia): General Introduction and Aims of the Book

    Breckle, S-W. (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • Dynamics of the Aral Sea in Geological and Historical Times

    Breckle, S-W. (et al.)

    Pages 13-35

  • Geography and Geomorphological and Lithological Characteristics of the Aralkum

    Gel’dyeva, G. V. (et al.)

    Pages 37-48

  • Climatic Conditions in the Aralkum

    Breckle, S-W. (et al.)

    Pages 49-72

  • Dust Storms and Sandstorms and Aerosol Long-Distance Transport

    Semenov, O. E.

    Pages 73-82

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Aralkum - a Man-Made Desert
Book Subtitle
The Desiccated Floor of the Aral Sea (Central Asia)
Editors
  • Siegmar-W. Breckle
  • Walter Wucherer
  • Liliya A. Dimeyeva
  • Nathalia P. Ogar
Series Title
Ecological Studies
Series Volume
218
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-21117-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-21117-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-21116-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-27096-3
Series ISSN
0070-8356
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 488
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