Aral Sea

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Satellite images of the Aral Sea in 1989 (left) and in 2008 (right).


From Kazakh арал (aral, island), referring to the more than 1,500 islands that once dotted its waters.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɑːɹəl siː/

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Aral Sea

  1. A saline lake straddling the Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan border, that was once large, but that has shrunk to a quarter of its original size after the Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers, which previously flowed into it, were diverted for irrigation purposes during the Soviet era.