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Top 10 Largest Lakes in the World

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This is a list of lakes with a surface area is the largest lakes in the world. The area of some lakes can vary considerably over time, either seasonally or from year to year. This is especially true of salt lakes in arid climates.


10. Lake Erie

Lake Erie Top 10 Largest Lakes in the World

Lake Erie

Lake Erie (42.2° N, 81.2° W) has a mean elevation of 571 feet (174 m) above sea level. It has a surface area of 9,940 square miles (25,745 km²)[1] with a length of 241 miles (388 km) and breadth of 57 miles (92 km) at its widest points.


9. Great Slave Lake

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Great Slave Lake

The deepest lake in North America at 614 m (2,014 ft), and the ninth-largest lake in the world. It is 480 km (300 mi) long and 19 to 109 km (12 to 68 mi) wide. It covers an area of 27,200 km2 (10,502 sq mi) in the southern part of the territory. Its given volume ranges from 1,070 km3 (260 cu mi) to 1,580 km3 (380 cu mi) and up to 2,088 km3 (501 cu mi) making it the 10th or 12th largest.


8. Lake Malawi

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Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi or Lake Nyaza is between 560 and 580 kilometres long, and about 75 kilometres wide at its widest point. The total surface area of this lake is about 29,600 square kilometres (11,429 square miles). This lake has shorelines on western Mozambique, eastern Malawi, and southern Tanzania. The largest river flowing into this lake is the Ruhuhu River.


7. Great Bear Lake

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Great Bear Lake

The lake has a surface area of 31,153 km2 (12,028 sq mi) and a total volume of 2,236 km3 (536 cu mi). Its maximum depth is 446 m (1,463 ft) and its average depth 71.7 m (235 ft). The total shoreline is 2,719 km (1,690 mi) and the total catchment area of the lake is 114,717 km2 (44,292 sq mi). The lake empties through the Great Bear River (Sahtúdé) into the Mackenzie River. The only community on the lake is Deline at the southwest end.


6. Lake Baikal

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Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal is in a rift valley, created by the Baikal Rift Zone, where the Earth’s crust pulls apart. At 636 kilometres (395 mi) long and 79 km (49 mi) wide, Lake Baikal has the largest surface area of any freshwater lake in Asia (31,722 km2/12,248 sq mi) and is the deepest lake in the world (1,642 m/5,387 ft).


5. Lake Tanganyika

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Lake Tanganyika

The lake is situated within the Western Rift of the geographic feature known as the Great Rift Valley formed by the tectonic East African Rift, and is confined by the mountainous walls of the valley. It is the largest rift lake in Africa and the second largest lake by volume in the world. It is the deepest lake in Africa and holds the greatest volume of fresh water. It extends for 676 km (420 mi) in a general north-south direction and averages 50 km (31 mi) in width. The lake covers 32,900 km2 (12,700 sq mi), with a shoreline of 1,828 km (1,136 mi) and a mean depth of 570 m (1,870 ft) and a maximum depth of 1,470 m (4,820 ft) (in the northern basin) it holds an estimated 18,900 cubic kilometres (4,500 cu mi).


4. Lake Victoria

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Lake Victoria

With a surface area of 68,800 square kilometres (26,600 sq mi), Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest lake by area, and it is the largest tropical lake in the world. Lake Victoria is the world’s second largest freshwater lake by surface area (only Lake Superior in North America is larger). In terms of its volume, Lake Victoria is the world’s eighth largest continental lake, and it contains about 2,750 cubic kilometers (2.2 billion acre-feet) of water.


3. Lake Superior

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Lake Superior

Lake Superior has a surface area of 31,820 square miles (82,413 km2), which is approximately the size of South Carolina. It has a maximum length of 350 miles (563 km) and maximum breadth of 160 miles (257 km). Its average depth is 482 feet (147 m) with a maximum depth of 1,332 feet (406 m). Lake Superior contains 2,900 cubic miles (12,100 km³) of water. There is enough water in Lake Superior to cover the entire land mass of North and South America with 1 foot (30 cm) of water. The shoreline of the lake stretches 2,726 miles (4,387 km) (including islands).


2. Lake Michigan-Huron

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Lake Michigan-Huron

At 45,410 square miles (117,600 km2), Lake Michigan-Huron is the largest of the Great Lakes in terms of surface area, being 48% of the total, and is the largest lake in the world after the Caspian Sea. (The Caspian is generally regarded as a saline lake, but is also regarded as a sea; geologically it is oceanic.). Lake Superior holds more water, 3,000 cubic miles (12,500 km3) compared to Michigan-Huron’s 2,000 cubic miles (8,300 km3), which makes Michigan-Huron the fourth largest lake by volume in the world after lakes Baikal, Tanganyika, and Superior.


1. Caspian Sea

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Caspian Sea

The Caspian Sea is the largest enclosed body of water on Earth by area, variously classed as the world’s largest lake or a full-fledged sea.The sea has a surface area of 371,000 km2 (143,200 sq mi) (not including Garabogazköl Aylagy) and a volume of 78,200 km3 (18,800 cu mi)

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