Problem/Research Plan - Aral Sea Crisis - Personal Project (Product Ideas,…
Problem/Research Plan - Aral Sea Crisis - Personal Project
What do I know
The Aral Sea Crisis
The Aral Sea Crisis was caused because the Soviets dammed the two main rivers leading into the Aral Sea to boost cotton production. This lowered the water inflow to the Aral Sea, leaving only 1/5 of what it originally was. This meant that water was being evaporated faster than it was being replenished, and the Aral Sea began to shrink. The cotton industry boomed but the fishing industry was wrecked, as concentration of salt increased, making it inhabitable. The Aral Sea shrunk to 10% of its original size.
Basic knowledge about the Aral Sea
The Aral Sea is near the Caspian Sea
Two main rivers lead into the Aral Sea: Amu Darya and Syr Darya
The two rivers are freshwater, while the Aral Sea is saline because of the desert.
The Aral Sea has an equilibrium of water from the water flowing in and evaporation.
What do I need to find out about the problem
How many people know about the Aral Sea Crisis?
Why is the water benefiting the cotton industry?
Why is the damming destroying the fishing industry?
Why is the water being wasted in the canals?
Why hasn't the government solved the Aral Sea Crisis yet?
Why did the soviets dam the rivers? Did they know the effect it would have on the fishing industry?
When did the Aral Sea Crisis start?
When did the Aral Sea Crisis end?
How did the Soviets dam the rivers?
How did the damming affect the people?
How is the Aral Sea losing water? Are there more reasons? Was it already losing water?
Where is the Aral Sea located?
Where is the Amu Darya and Syr Darya?
Where is the cotton industry?
What/which industries did the damming of the two rivers affect?
How many pages/words?
What do I need to find out about the possible solutions
What solutions are there?
How feasible are the solutions overall?
Why hasn't the government done anything yet, although there are so many possible solutions?
What are the costs of the solutions?
What are the solutions ?
What materials will the solutions require?
When will the solutions be done?
Where will the solutions take place?