The restoration of North Aral Sea project can be implemented by increasing the height of the dam and replenish the sea water. According to estimates made by experts, these measures will improve the ecological conditions of the region. The forecasts were concluded by scientists who participated in the Qazaq Geography’s scientific and educational expedition to North and South Aral Seas, which covers nine regions of Kazakhstan and seven regions of Uzbekistan. The researchers noted that the salinity of the Aral Sea water is declining but its current concentration of salt in the water is four times higher compared to other oceans in the world.

NURZHAN ALGASHOV, MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS DEPARTMENT, QAZAQGEOGRAPHY:      

- Our expedition was a success. We accomplished all tasks related to the hydrochemical and hydrobiological water analyses. There were no comprehensive studies performed in the Aral district recently and our scientists’ work will allow the understanding of the ecosystem of both North and South Aral Seas.   

The expedition members also visited the six holy sites of Kazakhstan during the trip. The members included historians, anthropologists and cartographers from Kazakhstan, Russia and America. The researchers studied the records of folk tales and identified GIS coordinates and specific features of ancient facilities, including the ancient Akkol Mosque, Konyr Aulie Cave, ruins of Ablai-Kit Monastery, Kunanbai Mosque and Kyzylkent Temple. The researchers are expected to create the Atlas of Kazakhstan’s Holy Sites by 2021 based on their findings.      

DZHAMILE AYAZBEKOVA, MANAGER, COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT, QAZAQGEOGRAPHY:

- The Atlas of Holy Sites focuses on the collection and consolidation of data about all these sites, making them more convenient for students, scientists and amateurs interested in the sacral history and willing to study every facility in detail. Moreover, Kazakh TV will soon air a series of programs about our expedition and studies held in the course of work. 

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