In a recent article, Hancock from Registan.net posted a salient piece on the drying of the Aral Sea
“We have seen how the Aral Sea has changed over time because of shifting river beds and geologic changes on the Earth’s surface. But what made the sea disappear altogether? … The short answer to the question above is water management and irrigation…”
This is a personal report that, although not very scholarly, provides an interesting viewpoint on the ills of poor water management and agricultural mitigation.