The Aral Sea and Central Asian Ecological Problems (Free)

by  Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center

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This program deals specifically with the Aral Sea, arguably the greatest ecological disaster in the history of the world. Participants are walked through its case from its beginnings in Ancient History, through the Middle Ages, to the days of the Soviet Union and the beginning of the end for the sea.

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Government funded - free to all users


30 - 45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, ParentPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Foreign/World Languages, Gifted & Talented, Sciences, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center

Bloomington, IN
United States

The Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center (IAUNRC) at Indiana University's Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies is a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center dedicated to raising awareness about its target area: namely the Turkic, Iranian, Mongolian, Uralic, and Tibetan cultural spheres. Some countries included are Turkey, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan.

IAUNRC Graduate Assistants

Program Details


1. This program begins with introductions and research questions.
2. We then address those questions in a PowerPoint presentation.
3. We view a short video on the Aral Sea
4. Participants have a guided question & answer session


The participant will:
- develop an appreciation for ecologic fragility
- explore the relationship between humanity and the environment
- engage in a discussion about the importance of discussion and debate in making environmental policy
- list bodies of water in Central Asia

Standards Alignment

National Standards


As a result of activities in grades K-12, all students should Understand how human actions modify the physical environment and understand how physical systems affect human systems.

State Standards

Social Studies
Environment and Society

Students will acquire a framework for thinking geographically about the environment and society. They will analyze ways in which humans affect and are affected by their physical environment and the changes that occur in the meaning, distribution and importance of resources.