The Aral Sea Basin

  • Philip P. Micklin
  • William D. Williams
Conference proceedings

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Overview of the Aral Problem

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. P. P. Micklin
      Pages 3-8
    3. Y. N. Ivanov, V. E. Chub, O. I. Subbotina, G. A. Tolkacheva, R. V. Toryannikova
      Pages 9-21
  3. The Aral Sea

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. N. V. Aladin, I. S. Plotnikov, M. I. Orlova, A. A. Filippov, A. O. Smurov, D. D. Pirulin et al.
      Pages 33-55
    3. W. D. Williams
      Pages 57-65
  4. Ecological Changes Around the Aral Sea

  5. Climatic and Hydrologic Changes around the Aral Sea

  6. Water Management Issues

  7. Contemporary Technologies for Studying the Aral Problem

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 181-187

About these proceedings


The Aral Sea Basin, which is located in the central Asian part of the former Soviet Union, is undergoing dramatically rapid and intense environmental change. Pervasive human misuse and overuse of its water, land, and other critical natural resources have led to severe degradation of key ecological systems. This book analyses the environmental, human and economic problems that have arisen and presents recommendations for future research needs. Primary focus is on the drying of the Aral Sea, but related issues of diminished river flow, land and water pollution, and degradation, ecosystem deterioration, and adverse effects on humans are also examined.


Aralsee Umweltzerstörung Wasservorkommen aral sea ecology ecosystem environment environmental change environmental degradation natural resources natürliche Ressourcen water resources Ökologie

Editors and affiliations

  • Philip P. Micklin
    • 1
  • William D. Williams
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GeographyWestern Michigan UniversityKalamazooUSA
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-64736-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-61182-7
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