Kazakhstan. Aralsk. Harbour. A man with a hacksaw cuts metal in order to recycle it as a scrap piece. Dried up (dry bed) Aral Sea with abandoned russian fishing boat litter the dry landscape where the Aral sea once called home until it started to dry up due to overuse of water resources at the time of former Soviet Union. The causes were human and environmental effects of industrial pollution with consequences for the Aral sea to dry up, then shrink and become now two shallow lakes far from the old shore (100 km distant). Derelict boat. © 2008 Didier Ruef .. ..