aral.JPGThe Aral Sea is located in the lowlands of Turan occupying land in the Republics of Kazakstan and Uzbekistan.  From ancient times it was known as an oasis.  Traders, hunters, fishers, and merchants populated this fertile site littered with lagoons and shallow straits that characterised the Aral landscape.  The word “aral” in Kazakh is translated “island”, over a thousand of which were scattered throughout this region which made up part of the Silk Road, the highway between Europe and Asia.  Read the rest of this page »