Aral Sea The Aral Sea is the poster child for large, dried-up bodies of water. If you travel to the Aral Sea, which sits on the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, you'll find a disconnected collection of small ponds of sea water sitting in a dusty bowl that held what used to be one large body of water.
Dried Up Seabed The Aral Sea has lost two-thirds of its volume because its source rivers were diverted for cotton irrigation during the Soviet era. Once the fourth-largest lake in the world, it is now a dusty graveyard of rusting shipwrecks.
The Jordan River (well, what's left of it), in the Middle East, is the lowest river in the world. It ends in the Dead Sea, at a depth of 1,312 feet (400 meters) below sea level. The river is important to Christians, Jews, and Muslims because of its location in an area that is holy to all three.