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Moynaq: The desert that was transformed into a ship graveyard

The Moynaq ship graveyard

Moynaq, once one of the busiest fishing ports in the Soviet Union and one of the four largest lakes in the world, became a ship graveyard where 14,000 inhabitants live.


The city of Moynaq was one of the main ports of the Aral Sea, the fourth largest lake on the entire planet.


During the 1960s, the USSR decided to channel water from the main rivers that fed the sea to create in this desert area of ​​the land, the largest cotton growing area in the world, and ended up drying the sea almost completely.

This measure led to the greatest ecological disaster in history, it was one of the greatest attacks that were perpetrated against nature.

They resulted in the decline of the sea to only 10% of its original size since the middle of the first decade of the 20th century.


The Aral Sea is barely 10% of what it was, and what remains, absolutely polluted, has moved away from ports like Moynaq, leaving them in oblivion, and a rusty ship graveyard.



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