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Old 08-09-2017, 10:46 PM
 
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I think you might find this news article interesting
https://www.azernews.az/travel/116228.html
Kazakh TV - Sea cruises on the Caspian Sea may open in the coming years

in the article it says that Russia and other Caspian countries are going to develop cruise tourism on the Caspian sea. There have been talks about such a project since 2005.

The route will include these cities Makhachkala-Derbent-Baku-Enzeli-Turkmenbashi-Aktau-Astrakhan-Makhachkala.
Catastrophe of the Aral Sea is without any rivals. Is there any plausible possibility to ever get back to original redeeming conditions? Probably too late for Uzbekistan. Further away from the grasp of Russia Volga River land grabbing. Better yet, other than Issyk-Kul biosphere reserve, there is Lake Balkhash that is even higher volume in scope than the recent Aral Sea or earlier item mixing.

Honestly, only Baku is worthwhile. Why not any Atyrau? I really wish they built up a ferry boat route between Constanta Romania-Batumi Georgia of the Black Sea.
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Old 08-10-2017, 11:31 AM
 
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Catastrophe of the Aral Sea is without any rivals. Is there any plausible possibility to ever get back to original redeeming conditions? Probably too late for Uzbekistan. Further away from the grasp of Russia Volga River land grabbing. Better yet, other than Issyk-Kul biosphere reserve, there is Lake Balkhash that is even higher volume in scope than the recent Aral Sea or earlier item mixing.

Honestly, only Baku is worthwhile. Why not any Atyrau? I really wish they built up a ferry boat route between Constanta Romania-Batumi Georgia of the Black Sea.
As far as saving the Aral, there have been plans, even back since soviet times to build canals from some of Russia's largest rivers such as the Volga or Ob rivers, but it would've been a very expensive project that could create even bigger problems, such as the Caspian sea shrinking. The best option would be for Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to upgrade their irrigation system, but that is going to be very expensive, so you won't probably won't see that happening in another couple decades, and it won't be able to do enough to completely recover the lake. Also Lake Balkhash is having issues to, I think that lake is slowly drying up too because of water held back by dams, on top of that that lake fluctuates a lot historically similar to the great salt lake in Utah. Also I think the reason why they didn't bother with Atyrau is because it's up river, Astrakhan is too, but the Volga is much larger than the Ural river.

Atyrau/Ural river
https://www.google.com/maps/@47.0825...!3m1!1e3?hl=en

Astrakhan/Volga river
https://www.google.com/maps/@46.3534...!3m1!1e3?hl=en

I also think that Baku stands above the rest, it's a very beautiful city
https://www.google.com/maps/@40.3747...9!8i1165?hl=en
https://www.google.com/maps/@40.3696...4!8i3072?hl=en
https://www.google.com/maps/@40.3692...4!8i4352?hl=en
https://www.google.com/maps/@40.3759...0!8i5120?hl=en
https://www.google.com/maps/@40.3589...0!8i2000?hl=en

But I think Astrakhan is not so bad either.
https://www.google.com/maps/@46.3499...6!8i3328?hl=en
https://www.google.com/maps/@46.3476...6!8i3328?hl=en
https://www.google.com/maps/@46.3534...2!8i6656?hl=en
https://www.google.com/maps/@46.3477...2!8i6656?hl=en
https://www.google.com/maps/@46.3602...2!8i6656?hl=en
https://www.google.com/maps/@46.3407...2!8i6656?hl=en
https://www.google.com/maps/@46.3495...2!8i6656?hl=en
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