The Aral Sea is one of the greatest 21st Century environmental disasters. As a former environmental consultant visiting it felt rather like visiting the site of a battle would be for a historian. It felt weird, it felt sad, but it felt like something we have to learn from. We visited in both Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, but these pictures are from 5 minutes at the latter. You can see where the shore used to be, where the triangular monument is on the high bank behind the ships. These abandoned ships were a poignant lesson for me, but 5 minutes of a great adventure playground for my kids!