Reviving The Garden Of Eden

The destruction of the Mesopotamian Marshlands is considered one of the worst environmental disasters in history.
May 5, 2003, 6am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan
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"[Sadam Hussein conducted] sophisticated campaign of water diversion and marsh drainage that has reduced roughly 93 percent of [Iraq's legendary] marshes to dry, salt-encrused wasteland...UNEP described it as one of the worst environmental disasters in history, ranking it with the desiccation of the Aral Sea and the deforestation of the Amazon rainforests."

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Published on Saturday, May 3, 2003 in National Geographic
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