The Aral Sea is a sad reminder of what can happen if we intervene in nature.
We don't appreciate what we have until it's gone. This phrase fits the situation with the Aral Sea perfectly. In recent decades, much of the water which used to flow into the Aral Sea has been taken for growing crops. As a result, the sea has shrunk dramatically. Although this is the region of ecological disaster, you can still admire the landscape, especially salt pans sparkling in the sun.
Now the Aral Sea is divided into two parts - the Big Aral and the Small Aral, where fishing is done. Many phytoplankton species live in the sea. People rarely swim here, mainly for the purpose of health improving (the water contains some salts that have beneficial effect on the body).
Currently, attempts to restore the sea are made, mainly by improving quality of irrigation canals, and installing desalination plants.