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Top 10 Largest lakes in the World

26-OCT-2018 17:15
    Top 10 Largest lakes in the World

    A lake is an area filled with water, localized in a basin that is surrounded by land, apart from any river or other outlet that serves to feed or drain the lake.  It is located on the land not part of the Ocean. They are formed by glaciers coercion or intimidation into the ground and some are created when river valleys are blocked by dams.

    According to the hydrology only those water bodies called as lake when they possess following characteristics:

    1. It is partially or totally fills one or several basins connected by straits.

    2. It has essentially the same water level in all parts (except for relatively short-lived variations caused by wind, varying ice cover, large inflows, etc.).

    3. It does not have regular intrusion of seawater.

    4. A considerable portion of the sediment suspended in the water is captured by the basins (for this to happen they need to have a sufficiently small inflow-to-volume ratio).

    5. The area measured at the mean water level exceeds an arbitrarily chosen threshold (for instance, one hectare).

    Top 10 Largest lakes in the World

    The list of top 10 largest lakes in the World along with their location, area, catchment area and maximum depth as per latest report given by the CIA World Fact Book are given below: 

    10. Great Slave Lake   

    Location: Canada

    Area: 27,200 km⊃2;

    Catchment area: 971,000 km⊃2;

    Maximum Depth: 614 m (2,014 ft.)

    9. Malawi   

    Location: Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania

    Volume: 8,400 km⊃3;

    Area: 29,600 km⊃2;

    Length: 580 km

    Maximum Depth: 706 m (2,316 ft.)

    8. Great Bear Lake       

    Location: Canada

    Area: 31,153 km⊃2;

    Catchment area: 114,717 km⊃2;

    Maximum Depth: 446 m (1,463 ft.)

    7. Baikal Lake

    Location: Siberia, Russia

    Area: 31,722 km⊃2;

    Catchment area: 560,000 km⊃2;

    Maximum Depth: 1,642 m (5,387 ft.)

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    6. Tanganyika Lake

    Location: Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Zambia

    Length: 673 km

    Area: 32,900 km⊃2;

    Catchment area: 231,000 km⊃2;

    Maximum Depth: 1,470 m (4,820 ft.)

    5. Michigan Lake

    Location: United States of America

    Area: 58,000 km⊃2;

    Maximum Depth: 923 ft. (281 m)

    4. Huron Lake

    Location: Canada, United States of America

    Area: 59,600 km⊃2;

    Catchment area: 133,902 km⊃2;

    Maximum Depth: 750 ft. (229 m)

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    3. Victoria Lake  

    Location: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

    Area: 68,800 km⊃2;

    Maximum Depth: 83 m (272 ft.)

    2. Superior Lake 

    Location: Canada, United States of America

    Area: 82,103 km⊃2;

    Catchment area: 127,687 km⊃2;

    Volume: 12,100 km⊃3;

    Maximum Depth: 1,333 ft (406 m)

    1. Caspian Sea    

    Location: Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan

    Area: 371,000 km⊃2;

    Volume: 69,400 km⊃3;

    Maximum Depth: 1,025 m (3,360 ft.)

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    Top 10 Largest lakes in the World

    Name of Lakes

    Description

    1. Caspian Sea

    Location: Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan

    Area: 371,000 km⊃2;

    Volume: 69,400 km⊃3;

    Maximum Depth: 1,025 m (3,360 ft.)

    2. Superior Lake

    Location: Canada, United States of America

    Area: 82,103 km⊃2;

    Catchment area: 127,687 km⊃2;

    Volume: 12,100 km⊃3;

    Maximum Depth: 1,333 ft. (406 m)

    3. Victoria Lake

    Location: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

    Area: 68,800 km⊃2;

    Maximum Depth: 83 m (272 ft.)

    4. Huron Lake

    Location: Canada, United States of America

    Area: 59,600 km⊃2;

    Catchment area: 133,902 km⊃2;

    Maximum Depth: 750 ft. (229 m)

    5. Michigan Lake

    Location: United States of America

    Area: 58,000 km⊃2;

    Maximum Depth: 923 ft. (281 m)

    6. Tanganyika Lake

    Location: Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Zambia

    Length: 673 km

    Area: 32,900 km⊃2;

    Catchment area: 231,000 km⊃2;

    Maximum Depth: 1,470 m (4,820 ft.)

    7. Baikal lake

    Location: Siberia, Russia

    Area: 31,722 km⊃2;

    Catchment area: 560,000 km⊃2;

    Maximum Depth: 1,642 m (5,387 ft.)

    8. Great Bear Lake

    Location: Canada

    Area: 31,153 km⊃2;

    Catchment area: 114,717 km⊃2;

    Maximum Depth: 446 m (1,463 ft.)

    9. Malawi Lake

    Location: Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania

    Volume: 8,400 km⊃3;

    Area: 29,600 km⊃2;

    Length: 580 km

    Maximum Depth: 706 m (2,316 ft.)

    10. Great Slave Lake

    Location: Canada

    Area: 27,200 km⊃2;

    Catchment area: 971,000 km⊃2;

    Maximum Depth: 614 m (2,014 ft.)

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