Book about Aral Sea in Central Asia, its dry out and transformation into the newest desert on Earth Aral-koum.
Aral Sea appeared on the maps just recently. Until XVII century scientists had only a vague idea about this part of the world. But there was the sea here and it had lived in a perfect balance.
For people in Central Asia water has always been precious, almost divine, they had a dream to fill deserts with the water and to turn the sands into the gardens. Water is now elsewhere, working hard. Each piece of Uzbek cotton carries a part of the Aral but the breath of the sea remains only in the patterns.