Desertification and sabkhat formation in the Aral Sea region

  • German S. Kust
  • Nina M. Novikova
Part of the Tasks for Vegetation Science book series (TAVS, volume 42)


The article describes the main reasons for and mechanisms behind recent sabkhat formation in the Aral Sea region, especially in the deltas of the Amu-Darya and the Syr-Darya rivers. Desertification in the region is leading to the destruction and rebuilding of ecosystems. Salinization is one of the main trends of the soil cover and vegetation changes. The patterns of these changes are suggested to describe and predict desertification trends in general.


Soil Evolution Ground Water Level Sand Desert Salinized Ground Water PreAral Region 
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© Springer 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • German S. Kust
    • 1
  • Nina M. Novikova
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Soil ScienceMoscow State University and Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussian Federation
  2. 2.Water Problems InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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