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The Aral Sea was once the world's 4th largest freshwater lake, but it has lost about 90% of its volume due to agricultural policies in first the Soviet Union and then the successor countries of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Today, however, part of the Aral Sea -- the northern section in Kazakhstan -- is making a comeback. Kazakhstan erected a dyke, effectively dividing the Aral Sea in two, and has made changes to allow the Syr Darya River to again fill the northern portion of the Aral Sea. (On the other side of the dyke, the southern Aral Sea continues to shrink, and Uzbekistan shows little interest in allowing the waters of the Amu Darya River to resume their path to the southern Aral Sea, despite worsening dust storms.) www.bbc.com/future/story/20180719-how-kazakhstan-brought-the-aral-sea-back-to-life
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