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The sight of rusting fishing boats stranded on the exposed seabed is what people most commonly associate with the Aral Sea region. But in difficult economic conditions, even the tombs of this 'ship graveyard' are disappearing, as impoverished local scavengers sell the metal on to Chinese traders for USD 100 a ton. Here, a film crew arrive from the capital, and of the 12 ships they expect to find, only four remain.   .