Which lake is no longer one of the five largest lakes in the world?
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The Aral Sea, located in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, was previously the fourth largest lake in the world with 26,000 square miles (67,340 square kilometers), but is now the sixth largest lake in the world. It is now divided into two distinct lakes with a total area of only 13,000 square miles (33,670 square kilometers) although the size varies with the seasons. One of the major reasons the lake has shrunk is the diversion of water for irrigation purposes.