What Countries Border the Aral Sea?

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The Aral Sea is bordered by the nation of Kazakhstan to the north and the nation of Uzbekistan to the south. It is a saltwater lake in Central Asia, situated to the east of the Caspian Sea.

The Aral Sea was once one of the four largest lakes in the world, but it has undergone remarkable shrinkage of its area and volume since the second half of the 20th century. The waters of the Syr Darya and Amu Darya, which discharge into the Aral Sea, have been diverted for the purpose of irrigation, contributing to the shrinking size of the lake.