It’s been a while that I didn’t write an informative post since writing about Largest empires of the World. Keeping that in mind, I have written this post about Top 10 Largest Lakes in the World. And here they are:
Top 10 Largest Lakes in the World
10. Lake Malawi:
Also known as Lake Nyasa in Tanzania and Lago Niassa in Mozambique, Lake Malawi is a very beautiful lake situated between African countries of Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique. It is a part of African Great Lakes (A group which also contain Lake Victoria and Lake Tanganyika). It is second-deepest and third-largest lake in African Continent. It also holds the record of having maximum number of fish species by a Lake. Its total area is 29,600 Km².
9. Great Bear Lake:
From Africa, here we go to Canada, where situated is the Largest Lake entirely in Canada – Great Bear Lake, because Lake Superior and Lake Huron lie on America-Canada Border. It is fourth-largest lake in North-America. Since the lake is in Northwest territories of the Arctic Circle, it doesn’t exactly appear to be ‘A Lake’ from November to July. Instead it looks like a gigantic ice hockey field – with a snow layer covering all of its water. Its total surface area is 31,153 Km².
8. Lake Baikal:
Another lake from North, Lake Baikal is a raft Lake (Lakes, which are formed as a result of movements within a Raft zone) situated in southern region of Siberia between the federal Russian states of Buryat Republic and Irkutsk Oblast. In addition to being the largest fresh-water lake in the world, it is one of the most clearest lakes and also thought to be Oldest Lake in the World – with an age not less than 25 million years. It also holds the record of being the Deepest lake in the World (Since raft lakes are generally deeper than non-raft ones).
With an area of 31,772 Km², it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
7. Lake Tanganyika:
Like Lake Malawi, Lake Tanganyika is also a part of African Great Lakes. It is second-largest fresh-water lake and second-deepest lake in the world – being second to Lake Baikal in both the cases. It is also World’s longest fresh-water lake. It is situated in four countries: Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and Burundi. Its total surface area is 32,900 Km².
6. Aral Sea:
Don’t get confuse by its name. Wikipedia says that it ‘was’ an endorheic lake (Lakes that have no external drainage) lying between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Due to “Soviet Irrigation Projects” Aral sea has been reduced to 10% of its original size. Its shrinking has been described by experts as “One of Planet’s Worst Environmental Disasters”. Having divided into four small lakes with a combined area of only 17,160 Km², once it was one of the four largest lakes in the World with an area of approx. 68,000 Km² in 1960.
5. Lake Michigan:
Lake Michigan is the largest among all those lakes that are entirely within a single country. Apart from this, it is also the only one of five Great Lakes of North America that is present in one country. Rest of all are on American-Canadian Border. For some interest, it is slightly smaller than US state of West Virginia. Its total area is 58,000 Km² – slight than Lake Huron’s.
4. Lake Huron:
Also a part of Great Lakes of North America, Lake Huron is located between Michigan and Ontario States of Canada and US respectively. It is very good tourist point since there are many resorts on its shores.Its total surface area is 59,600 Km². For your information, it also contains Manitoulin Island – the World’s Largest ‘Lake Island’.
3. Lake Victoria:
Named after Queen Victoria, Lake Victoria is one of Great African Lakes. Apart from being the largest lake in African continent, it also the largest tropical lake and second-largest fresh-water lake. It is bounded by Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Its total surface area is 68,800 Km².
2. Lake Superior:
Lake superior is the second largest of all lakes in the World and also the largest among all the Great Lakes of North America. It is located between Canadian State of Ontario and US’ states of Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin. Apart from this, is also considered to be the largest fresh-water lake in the world – in terms of area, and third-largest lake – in terms of volume. Its total surface area is 82,103 Km².
1. Caspian Sea:
Caspian Sea is one and only lake of its kind in this list. Rather than being a “Continental Lake” (which were, all of our previous entries in this list), it is an “Oceanic Lake”. Because rather than being entirely over continental crust, Caspian sea has an Oceanic Basin. Besides this, it is also World’s third-deepest lake. It has no external drainage and it is located between Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan. Its total surface area is 371,000 Km².