6 billion trees for the Aral Sea

In The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury there is a story called "The Green Morning", where one man makes it his mission an incredibly difficult task - to grow a forest on Mars.

One day he begins to plant trees and does not turn around until the seedlings run out.

Just read how Bradbury writes about rain. None can write like him: "The rain. Raw, gentle, and easy, it mizzled out of the high air, a special elixir, tasting of spells and stars and air, carrying a peppery dust in it, and moving like a rare light sherry on his tongue."

Over the night, due to some property of the Martian soil, the seedlings a man plants grow into a mighty forest.

He is happy, takes one long deep drink of green water air and faints.

Ray Bradbury -
genius of science fiction
Ship graveyard, Muynak, Uzbekistan
Forestation program

The area of the deserted part of the Aral Sea is approximately 40,000 sq. km. It is almost the area of Switzerland or Estonia.

The President of Uzbekistan has set a very complex and ambitious task - to turn the bottom of the Aral Sea into a mighty forest.

Today we have a full-scale campaign launched by the Uzbek government, and which is aimed at planting saxaul (highly drought-resistant tree that grows predominantly in the Middle and Central Asia, and China) and other plants in the Aral Sea region. According to dendrologists, theoretically it is possible to grow up to 1,500 pieces of saxaul, woody plants and bushes (Richter's hodgepodge, plants of the buckwheat family, etc.) per each hectare of land.

So, if the total area of deserted sea bottom is about 4 million hectares, then at the best-case scenario we can grow a forest of 6 billion plants. Wow! This will revive not only the flora, but also the whole reservoir of the extinct fauna.

Of course, these are just approximate figures. And, of course, this is a program with very long-term strategy. But this the only way we can recreate the lost ecosystem in the Aral Sea region ...
Death Valley, Nevada, USA
A guest from Mojave

The Faculty of Acoustics proposed to acquire 500 seeds of a short-leaf Yucca (lat. yucca brevifolia), better known as the Joshua tree, which mainly grows in the Mojave Desert, USA. Seeds are to be delivered during the most optimal time for sowing.

So, we are about to hold an experiment in a forest lab and, if all goes fine, plant this amazing tree at the bottom of the Aral Sea.

The climatic conditions of the Aral Sea region and the southwestern United States (Nevada, Utah, southern California) are surprisingly very similar. Therefore, we hope that the experiment will be successful. Then, as a part of Stihia music festival, we are going to launch a charity initiative to support the state forestation program in the Aral Sea region.

According to studies, there are about 3 trillion trees on Earth – but they are disappearing fast. Surely, we want to stop this, we want to boost this number...

We dream that once waking up on the shores of the Aral Sea, we will see a mighty forest stretching beyond the horizon.

We will be happy, will take one long deep drink of green water air and will faint...
Let's fill the Aral Sea with music and... trees!
The Faculty of Acoustics
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