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The Largest Lakes in the World

The Deepest Lakes and Largest Lakes by Surface Area and Largest by Volume

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Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal, at the start of the Angara River, Irkutsk, Siberia, Russia, 1980s. Baikal is the largest freshwater lake in Asia and the deepest lake in the world.

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This page includes three lists of the world's largest lakes. They are ranked by surface area, volume, and depth. The first list is surface area:

Largest Lakes by Surface Area

1. Caspian Sea - Asia - 371,000 sq km (143,000 sq mi)*
2. Lake Superior - North America - 82,100 sq km (31,698 sq mi)
3. Lake Victoria - Africa - 68,800 sq km (26,563 sq mi)
4. Lake Huron - North America - 59,600 sq km (23,011 sq mi)
5. Lake Michigan - North America - 57,800 sq km (22,316 sq mi)
6. Lake Tanganyika - Africa - 32,900 sq km (12,702 sq mi)
7. Great Bear Lake - North America - 31,328 sq km (12,095 sq mi)
8. Baikal - Asia - 30,500 sq km (11,776 sq mi)
9. Lake Malawi (Lake Nyasa) - Africa - 30,044 sq km (11,600 sq mi)
10. Great Slave Lake - North America - 28,568 sq km (11.030 sq mi)

Source: The Times Atlas of the World

Largest Lakes by Volume

1. Baikal - Asia 23,600 cubic km**
2. Tanganyika- Africa - 18,900 cubic km
3. Superior - North America - 11,600 cubic km
4. Lake Malawi (Lake Nyasa) - Africa - 7,725 cubic km
5. Lake Michigan - North America - 4900 cubic km
6. Lake Huron - North America - 3540 cubic km
7. Lake Victoria - Africa - 2,700 cubic km
8. Great Bear Lake - North America - 2,236 cubic km
9. Issyk-Kul (Ysyk-Kol) - Asia - 1,730 cubic km
10. Lake Ontario - North America - 1,710 cubic km

Source: Wikipedia

Deepest Lakes in the World

1. Lake Baikal - Asia - 1,637 m (5,369 ft)
2. Lake Tanganyika - Africa - 1,470 m (4,823 ft)
3. Caspian Sea - Asia - 1,025 m (3,363 ft)
4. O'Higgins Lake (San Martin Lake) - South America - 836 m (2,742 ft)
5. Lake Malawi (Lake Nyasa) - Africa - 706 m (2,316 ft)

Source: Wikipedia

* Some consider the Caspian Sea not to be a lake but it is surrounded by land and thus meets the generally accepted definition of a lake.

** Lake Baikal holds one-fifth of the world's freshwater.

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