Physical Oceanography of the Dying Aral Sea by Peter O. Zavialov

Physical Oceanography of the Dying Aral Sea

byPeter O. Zavialov

Paperback | October 21, 2010

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Physical Oceanography of the Dying Aral Seadescribes the background, present crisis state, and possible future of this peculiar inland water body from the physical oceanographic standpoint. Based on a wide range of material, a large part of which was published in Russian and has not been previously available to the international reader, the book first provides an historical overview of this unique system, which possesses both lake and sea properties.

Next, the current physical state of the lake is described, partly based on original field research and model experiments, along with the remote sensing data, model results and analyses extracted from recent literature. Next, book attempts to forecast the forthcoming state of the Aral Sea and identify plausible future scenarios. Finally, the book discusses the Aral Sea dessication viewd as a part of the global perspective.

Title:Physical Oceanography of the Dying Aral SeaFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:146 pages, 24.2 X 17 X 0.1 inShipping dimensions:146 pages, 24.2 X 17 X 0.1 inPublished:October 21, 2010Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3642061710

ISBN - 13:9783642061714

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Table of Contents

A brief historical overview.- The immediate past: A summary of the pre-desiccation state.- Present-day desiccation.- The future: What happens next?.- The Aral crisis in global perspective.- Concluding remarks.

Editorial Reviews

This is the first analysis this unique body of water founded on original research. Discussion opens with a historical overview of the Aral Sea, which possesses properties of both lake and sea. The text describes the previous chemical state of the sea and its biological systems prior the onset of dessication, assesses the environmental consequences of future shrinking, and uses data and modelling to predict the fate of the Aral Sea.