Description of the 10 largest lakes in the world by area, table led by the Caspian Sea, followed by Lake Superior and Lake Victoria. Description of the 10 largest lakes in the world by area in a table led by the Caspian Sea, followed by Lake Superior and Lake Victoria.
Biggest Lake in the World
CASPIAN SEA – 371,000 KM 2
The leader of the table of the largest lakes in the world is a sea. Its definition as a lake is not consensual but it is made because there are no outlets for other water courses. It also forms a natural border between Europe and Asia and has shores in 5 countries, namely: Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Iran and Turkmenistan. It has a length of 1200 kilometers and a total volume of water of 78,200 km 3 .
2nd Largest Lake in the World
LAKE SUPERIOR – 82,100 KM 2
The largest lake in North America has a length of 616 kilometers with a total volume of 12,100 km 3 , being the largest freshwater lake in the world and the largest of the Great Lakes, existing set between the United States and Canada.
3rd Largest Lake in the World
LAKE VITÓRIA – 68,800 KM 2
This is the largest lake in Africa and is part of the Great Lakes of Africa. It has a volume of 2,750 km 3 in a length of 322 kilometers, passing through the countries of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The Nile River has one of its sources in this same lake, which has more than 300 islands, some of them inhabited.
4th Largest Lake in the World
LAKE HURON – 59,600 KM 2
It is the second largest lake in North America and the Great Lakes, surpassed by Lake Victoria in the area. It is 332 kilometers long with a total water volume of 3540 km 3 . It has margins in the territory of the United States of America and Canada.
5th Largest Lake in the World
LAKE MICHIGAN – 58,000 KM 2
It is the only one of the three American Great Lakes on this list to be located entirely in the United States of America. It has a maximum length of 494 kilometers with a total water volume of 4915 km 3 . A group of densely inhabited cities live around Lake Michigan that use it mainly for tourist purposes.
6th Largest Lake in the World
LAKE TANGANYIKA – 32,900 KM 2
Lake Tanganyika is the 2nd largest African lake, being present in the set of Great African Lakes, being one of the deepest. It has a total volume of 18,900 km 3 of water for a length of 676 meters. Tanzania, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia all have shores on this huge African lake.
7th Largest Lake in the World
LAKE BAIKAL – 31,500 KM 2
This lake is part of Russian territory, in the Siberian area, being the 2nd deepest in the world and the largest freshwater lake in Asia . It has a volume of 23,600 km 3 of water and a maximum length of 636 kilometers with more than 1000 existing species. It is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
View of Lake Baikal in Siberia
8th Largest Lake in the World
GREAT BEAR LAKE – 31,328 KM 2
Exclusively in Canada, this lake has a volume of 2,236 km 3 of water and a maximum length of 373 meters. It is one of those with the greatest depth with 446 meters. Due to its location, the climate makes its waters cold and in most months it presents ice.
Extension of Lake Niassa
9th Largest Lake in the World
LAKE NIASSA – 29,600 KM 2
The 3rd African lake on this list is known as Lake Niassa or Lake Malawi and is shared by Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique. It is located in the Rift Valley, being one of the African Great Lakes. It has a maximum length of 579 kilometers and 8,400 km 3 of water volume.
10th Largest Lake in the World
GREAT SLAVE LAKE – 28,562 KM 2
The 2nd largest lake in Canada has a maximum length of 480 kilometers and a water volume of 2,090 km 3 . It is the deepest lake in North America at 614 meters. Like Great Bear Lake, it is located in the Northwest Territories.