These abandoned ships are located outside of the town of Mo‘ynoq (also Moynaq or Muynak) in the Republic of Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan.
Muynak was a busy fishing area with thousands of people who called the place home but when the water flowing into the Aral Sea was diverted to other areas beginning in the 1960’s the town began to shrink. The sea is also evaporating due to polluted runoff causing the water that does remain in the Aral Sea to be toxic and high in saline levels.
There are several fishing ships and larger vessels that became stranded as the Aral Sea began to diminish ever so quickly from the 1980’s. The once busy fishing industry has dried up and now there are just the remains of what once was.
Where are the abandoned ships of the Aral Sea located? You can find some with these coordinates. 43.772688,59.045318.
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