Sunday, October 15, 2023

Declining Water Levels in Caspian Plus Siltification Now Threatens Turkmenistan

Paul Goble

            Staunton, Oct. 12 – Declining water levels in the Caspian over the last three decades and the related siltification of areas of the sea near land are affecting not only the northern Caspian where they have received much attention but the southern Caspian and Turkmenistan in particular.

            On the Caspian as a whole and the impact of falling water levels on Kazakhstan’s ports, see, and

            On the rapidly deteriorating situation near Turkmenbashi, see and

            Researchers say that the situation in Turkmenistan may be even worse than in the north, not only reducing the capacity of the port of Turkmenbashi but threatening the health of the population there as poisonous dust is blown off nearly exposed former sea beds much as has been the case around the dying Aral Sea.   

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