By Ian D. Whyte
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Much of the water accumulated during a wetter phase 50–20,000 years ago but some of it goes back over 1 million years. Aral Sea The world’s 4th largest inland sea after the Caspian, L Superior and L Victoria, situated in the semi-desert borders of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in Central Asia. Its drying up in recent decades has been described as one of the greatest environmental disasters of the C20 (Glantz 1999). 1,090 km3 and a maximum depth of 68 m. Since the 1960s its area and volume have shrunk steadily.
1300BC and barley even later; agriculture was based on millet and dryland rice, the former the staple, the latter a luxury. 6000BC. agricultural origins: Europe A major controversy has been whether the diffusion of agriculture through Europe from the Near E was due to a spread of ideas or people. G. Childe (1968) but more recent research suggests a complex picture combining the two elements in varying degrees at different times and places. 3 km/y: it took 3,000 years or 100 generations for agriculture to reach NW Europe from the Near E.
This takes agriculture back to the climatic changes associated with the Younger Dryas event. There are many possible similarities in the type of environment and the ways in which it changed, with a ﬂuctuating boundary between woodlands and grasslands, between the Near E and N China (Barton et al. 2009). 8000BP (Crawford 2009, Gupta 2004). Barley and wheat are thought by some specialists to have been introduced from SW Asia. 1300BC and barley even later; agriculture was based on millet and dryland rice, the former the staple, the latter a luxury.
A Dictionary of Environmental History by Ian D. Whyte