The world´s earliest Aral-Sea type disaster: the decline of the Loulan Kingdom in the Tarim Basin
The paper, which was published in Scientific Reports, tells that man created an environmental disaster similar to the current Aral Sea crisis already 1800 years ago. The man-made environmental deterioration occured in ancient China (during the Han Dynasty) and caused the decline of a kingdom in the Tarim Basin (which is in the northwesternmost part of China).
An announcement about the study was published on the homepage of GFZ Potsdam
Mischke, S., Liu, C., Zhang, J., Zhang, C., Zhang, H., Jiao, P., Plessen, B., 2017. The world´s earliest Aral-Sea type disaster: the decline of the Loulan Kingdom in the Tarim Basin. Scientific Reports, DOI: 10.1038/srep43102