Moynaq is a city in northern Karakalpakstan province in western Uzbekistan. Formerly an active fishing sea port, it is now home to only a few thousand residents since the 1980s due to the recession of the Aral Sea. Formerly one of the four largest lakes in the world with an area of 68,000 km2(26,300 sq mi), the Aral Sea has been steadily shrinking since the 1960s after the rivers that fed it were diverted by Soviet irrigation projects (to raise cotton). By 2007, it had declined to 10% of its original size, splitting into four lakes. The shrinking of the Aral Sea has been called “one of the planet’s worst environmental disasters”. The region’s once-prosperous fishing industry has been essentially destroyed, bringing unemployment and economic hardship. In an ongoing effort in Kazakhstan to save and replenish the North Aral Sea, a dam project was completed in 2005; in 2008, the water level in this lake had risen by 12 m (39 ft) compared to 2003. Salinity has dropped, and fish are again found in sufficient numbers for some fishing to be viable.

 

Uzbekistan: Moynaq Moynaq????is a city in northern Karakalpakstan province in western
Uzbekistan: Moynaq Moynaq????is a city in northern Karakalpakstan province in western Uzbekistan. Formerly an active fishing sea port, it is now home to only a few thousand residents since the 1980s due to the recession of the Aral Sea. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mo%E2%80%98ynoq)
Uzbekistan: Moynaq Moynaq is a sparse city in northern Karakalpakstan province
Uzbekistan: Moynaq Moynaq is a sparse city in northern Karakalpakstan province in western Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan: Moynaq A museum named Verdakh named after the person of
Uzbekistan: Moynaq A museum named Verdakh named after the person of the statue.
Uzbekistan: Moynaq Old lookout tower.
Uzbekistan: Moynaq Old lookout tower.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Moynaq Museum.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Moynaq Museum.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Dry land memorial to the former fishing fleet.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Dry land memorial to the former fishing fleet.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Museum photo of the former Aral Sea fishing industry.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Museum photo of the former Aral Sea fishing industry.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Museum photo of the former Aral Sea fishing industry.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Museum photo of the former Aral Sea fishing industry.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Museum displays.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Museum displays.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Aral Sea monument.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Aral Sea monument.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Aral Sea dry ????bed rusting boats.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Aral Sea dry ????bed rusting boats.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Aral Sea dry ????bed rusting boats.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Aral Sea dry ????bed rusting boats.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Aral Sea dry ????bed rusting boats.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Aral Sea dry ????bed rusting boats.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Aral Sea dry ????bed rusting boats.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Aral Sea dry ????bed rusting boats.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Aral Sea dry ????bed rusting boats.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Aral Sea dry ????bed rusting boats.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Aral Sea photo of 2009 showing the extent of
Uzbekistan: Muynak Aral Sea photo of 2009 showing the extent of the water withdrawal..
Uzbekistan: Muynak Aral Sea photos of 1990 and 2000 showing the
Uzbekistan: Muynak Aral Sea photos of 1990 and 2000 showing the extent of the water withdrawal.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Aral Sea photos of 1960 and 1970 ????showing the
Uzbekistan: Muynak Aral Sea photos of 1960 and 1970 ????showing the extent of the water withdrawal.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Aral Sea description.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Aral Sea description.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Aral Sea description.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Aral Sea description.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Aral Sea dry bed with rusting boats and monument.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Aral Sea dry bed with rusting boats and monument.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Michael at Aral Sea dry bed with rusting boats.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Michael at Aral Sea dry bed with rusting boats.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Richard at Aral Sea dry bed with rusting boats.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Richard at Aral Sea dry bed with rusting boats.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Looking up from Aral Sea dry bed.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Looking up from Aral Sea dry bed.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Close-up of rusting boats.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Close-up of rusting boats.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Close-up of rusting boat.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Close-up of rusting boat.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Close-up of rusting boat.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Close-up of rusting boat.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Close-up of rusting boats.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Close-up of rusting boats.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Close-up of rusting boats.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Close-up of rusting boats.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Close-up of rusting boats.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Close-up of rusting boats.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Close-up of rusting boat.
Uzbekistan: Muynak Close-up of rusting boat.
Uzbekistan: the famous and ancient????Mizdakhan necropolis is an ancient cemetery in
Uzbekistan: the famous and ancient????Mizdakhan necropolis is an ancient cemetery in a small town of????Khodjeyli, halfway between the Aral Sea and the city of Nukus. It's a regular tourist stop. This Zoroastrian cemetery was where residents of the local fortress buried their dead. There were ossuaries (vessels for burial) discovered by archaeologists, as well as dakhmas - towers with a flat roof where Zoroastrians would leave their dead. Birds ate the flesh and relatives collected the bones and piled them in ossuaries.
Uzbekistan:???? the famous and ancient Mizdakhan necropolis is an ancient cemetery
Uzbekistan:???? the famous and ancient Mizdakhan necropolis is an ancient cemetery in a small town of Khodjeyli, halfway between the Aral Sea and the city of Nukus. It's a regular tourist stop. This Zoroastrian cemetery was where residents of the local fortress buried their dead. There were ossuaries (vessels for burial) discovered by archaeologists, as well as dakhmas - towers with a flat roof where Zoroastrians would leave their dead. Birds ate the flesh and relatives collected the bones and piled them in ossuaries.
Uzbekistan: Khodjeyli Mizdakhan necropolis, ancient cemetery. This Zoroastrian cemetery was where residents
Uzbekistan: Khodjeyli Mizdakhan necropolis, ancient cemetery. This Zoroastrian cemetery was where residents of the local fortress buried their dead.
Uzbekistan: Khodjeyli Mizdakhan necropolis, ancient cemetery. This Zoroastrian cemetery was where residents
Uzbekistan: Khodjeyli Mizdakhan necropolis, ancient cemetery. This Zoroastrian cemetery was where residents of the local fortress buried their dead. Interesting commentary from a Singaporean tourist: http://weecheng.com/silk/uz-nukus/nukus2.htm
Uzbekistan: Khodjeyli Mizdakhan necropolis, ancient cemetery. This Zoroastrian cemetery was where residents
Uzbekistan: Khodjeyli Mizdakhan necropolis, ancient cemetery. This Zoroastrian cemetery was where residents of the local fortress buried their dead.
Uzbekistan: Khodjeyli Mizdakhan necropolis, ancient cemetery. This Zoroastrian cemetery was where residents
Uzbekistan: Khodjeyli Mizdakhan necropolis, ancient cemetery. This Zoroastrian cemetery was where residents of the local fortress buried their dead.
Uzbekistan: Khodjeyli Mizdakhan necropolis, ancient cemetery. This Zoroastrian cemetery was where residents
Uzbekistan: Khodjeyli Mizdakhan necropolis, ancient cemetery. This Zoroastrian cemetery was where residents of the local fortress buried their dead. The ladder-like object, which nearly every grave has, was used to carry a coffin to the grave then left there (reason?).
Uzbekistan: Khodjeyli Mizdakhan necropolis, ancient cemetery. This Zoroastrian cemetery was where residents
Uzbekistan: Khodjeyli Mizdakhan necropolis, ancient cemetery. This Zoroastrian cemetery was where residents of the local fortress buried their dead. Interesting commentary from a Singaporean tourist:????http://weecheng.com/silk/uz-nukus/nukus2.htm
Uzbekistan: Khodjeyli Mizdakhan necropolis, ancient cemetery. Local turkey.
Uzbekistan: Khodjeyli Mizdakhan necropolis, ancient cemetery. Local turkey.