Graveyard of Ships in the Desert (Mo‘ynaq/ Uzbekistan)

Once a bustling fishing port with tens of thousands of residents, Mo‘ynoq is now a shadow of its former self, dozens of kilometers from the rapidly receding shoreline of the Aral Sea. Overfishing the shallow sea as well as draining off water to support the fast growing cotton industry has made the shoreline recede further and further each year. The less water there was the easier it was for the sun to evaporate it and so the Aral sea dried up.

The fish canning factory is still there, its gates firmly closed. The only fishermen in town now are on posters not ships.

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