Aral SeaAr·al Sea
inland body of salt water in SW Asia, east of the Caspian Sea: slowly decreasing in area, partly from overuse for irrigation: c. 15,500 sq mi (40,145 sq km)
formerly also called Lake Aral
An inland sea lying between southern Kazakhstan and northwest Uzbekistan. Once the fourth-largest inland body of water in the world, it is fast disappearing because of diversion of its two sources, the Amu Darya and the Syr Darya.
From Kazakh арал (aral, “island”), referring to the more than 1,500 islands that once dotted its waters.