By Siegmar-W. Breckle,Walter Wucherer,Liliya A. Dimeyeva,Nathalia P. Ogar

ISBN-10: 364221116X

ISBN-13: 9783642211164

ISBN-10: 3642270964

ISBN-13: 9783642270963

Having been the fourth greatest lake at the globe approximately 50 years in the past, this day the Aral Sea now not exists. Human actions prompted its desiccation and the formation of an immense new wasteland, the Aralkum, which are considered as one of many maximum ecological catastrophes and - whilst - the most important fundamental succession test of mankind.

This quantity brings jointly the result of foreign and interdisciplinary long term experiences at the new barren region surroundings and is split into 4 major sections. the 1st part presents an outline of the actual features of the world and covers geological, pedological, geomorphological and climatological points and their dynamics, particularly dust-storm dynamics. the second one specializes in the biotic features and highlights the spatial and temporal styles of the wildlife. within the 3rd part reports and initiatives aiming to strive against desertification through phytomelioration and to strengthen techniques for the conservation of biodiversity are offered. The booklet is rounded off with a piece supplying a synthesis and conclusions.

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