Gennadiy N. Lepeshkin: The ship repair facility functioned... the ship repair facility functioned... when the whole... the whole industry was functioning. When there were sailors setting out on ships, when there were fishing ships, and they would return, and the ships were damaged, they repaired them, got them running again, sent them on their way and so on. Now things in that area are completely different. When the Aral Sea receded, the ships couldn't reach the shore. The deepest part of the sea was some fifty or sixty kilometers out from shore, and they were all gathered and left there. Then the sea receded from there as well, and they ships remained there, they stood all in a row out there in the desert. And so we headed out there, we wanted to have a look at this ship graveyard. When we got there, all that remained of the ships were the caracasses, because the locals had stripped off all the metal and turned it in for scrap to get money. The ships had become a pitiful sight. They're standing in the desert, and there are camels strolling and lying down in the shadow of those remnants, seeking relief from the heat. That is the scene there now.