KONDRASHEV, S. K. Izyskaniia v bassein r. Amu-Dari. Oroshaemoe khoziaistvo i vodopolzovanie Khivinskago Oazisa. Otchet o gidromodulnykh rabotakh izuskanii v bassein r. Amy-Dari za 1914 goda. Moscow, [Sazonov] for Ministerstvo Zemledeliia, Otdel Zemelnyck Uluchshenii, 1916.
Large 8vo. Original purple printed wrappers; pp. xii, 344, sketch map, diagrams and tables in the text, numerous plates after photographs; wrappers a little marked, internally rather clean and fresh; provenance: from a Estonian library, with stamps on title, withdrawn.
Extremely rare report of an expedition to the Amu-Darya Basin and the Khiva Oasis in Kyrgystan, undertaken in 1914 on behalf of the Ministry for Agriculture with the aim to understand the hydrological problems of the region. Once the scientists were there, they however paid attention to the ethnography, economy, and culture of the people. Another aspect of this expedition was the attempt consolidate Russian influence in the region, economic prospects, trade with China and India, as well as what we now would call ecology. And indeed, modern Kyrgystan faces some of the worst ecological problems of the world.
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