arrow arrow_up breadcrumb-chevron-right breadcrumb-home dropdown-arrow-down loader GALogoWUNEP menu read-more-plus rrss-email rrss-facebook rrss-flickr rrss-instagram rrss-linkedin rrss-twitter rrss-vimeo rrss-youtube rrss_google_plus rrss_skype rrss_web pdf search share play close filter-collapse filter edit media_photo_library media_video_library graphics pictures videos collections next

Water flow from the Caspian Sea to the bay of Kara-Bogaz-Gol, 1930-2000

Kara-Bogaz-Gol is a lowland area that forms a highly saline bay on the east side of the Caspian Sea, in Turkmenistan. Soviet leaders maintained that this was “a useless caldron for evaporation, an insatiable mouth swallowing up the precious water of the Caspian Sea” and obviously to blame. The dam, finished in 1980 blocked the flow of the water between the Caspian Sea and Kara-Bogaz-Gol. This reduced the water levels in the bay while increasing drought and salinity, creating immediate desertification and salt storms, spreading to surrounding areas. The dam was finally breached in 1992 as Turkmenistan broke free from the Russian Federation.

Year: 2007

From collection: Vital Caspian Graphics

Cartographer: Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal

Graphics included in same album

View all media

Publications it appears in

View all publications

Related activities

View all activities