Lakes are common water bodies found in several countries. They vary from different sizes including surface area, water volume, depth and length as well. Top 10 largest lakes in the world are listed below.
List of Top 10 Largest Lakes in The World 2017
10. Great slave lake
It takes in position 10 and deepest North America water body holding 614 meters in depth. Great lake is second largest Lake in North West parts of Canada. Mackenzie River marks its outflow. Covering an area of about 28 square kilometers, great lake takes an elevation of approximately 160 meters and has a froze surface hence forming an icebound for about 8 months in each year. Other important feature that can describe this lake is its range of 480-kilometer long and ranges from 19 km to 109 km in terms of width.
9. Lake Malawi
Lake Malawi covers three Africa countries Mozambique, Tanzania and Malawi. It can be referred to as Lago Niassa in Mozambique and Lake Nyasa in Tanzania. These three countries form a basin area covered by Lake Malawi, which is a southernmost water body in parts of east African system. Taking 9th position in largest lakes worldwide 2017 with an area of 30,004 square kilometers, Malawi can also be distinct as 3rd largest and 2nd deepest water body in Africa. Other important features that you should know include deepest point of 706 meters, length of 579 kilometers and covers n average depth of 292 meters.
8. Great Bear Lake
Great Bear is located approximately 200 km from south of Arctic Circle and is within parts of Canada. It is fourth largest in North America covering length of 320 kilometers and width of approximately 175 kilometers. Great Bear has a deepest point of 446 meters ad an average depth of 71.7 meters and popular in many people for having unbearable cold weather temperatures especially in winter period therefore forming a Frozen surface. One last feature includes its 26 islands and covering a combined area of 760 kilometer squared.
7. Lake Baikal
Lake Baikal is situated from northern hemisphere of Mongolian Border in Russia’s southern Siberian Region and states of Buryat Republic and as well as Irkutsk Oblast. Regarded as a natural lake as it is formed because of movements within a tectonic rift Zone, Baikal is second world largest ice-free freshwater lake with 20% freshness. It can also be considered as clearest water body worldwide. Ranked in position 7 of largest lakes, Baikal covers a total surface area of 31,500 square kilometers and has titles of largest by volume and deepest with its deepest point being 745 meters.
6. Lake Tanganyika
This one is located in eastern parts of Africa, is second largest in Africa after Lake Victoria, world’s longest lakes, and covers a large surface area. Tanganyika is located in midst highlands of Africa and has inflows from Kalamboo, Malagarai and ruzizi rivers. Both of them gives this lake a new title of largest fresh water lake by volume and of course 2nd deepest according to estimates done. This lake is believed to have been formed through tectonic movements hence regarded as a lake of Nature. Its length covers 677 kilometers and width of approximately 50 kilometers.
5. Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan covers a total are of 58,016 square kilometer, is among those great lakes found in North America, and is situated in entire parts of United States of America. It is one amongst the Top 10 Largest Lakes in The World 2017. This water body has a large surface area and is ranked 3rd worldwide with a total volume of 57,000 kilometer squared and second largest lake in terms of volume of water ranging up to 4, 920 cubic. Basin of Michigan is joined with basin of other lakes I North America. This lake is believed to have been formed by means of manmade waterways and canals.
4. Lake Huron
On fourth position, we have Lake Huron bounded between Michigan in United States and west Ontario parts of Canada in both east and west. Some of its titles include world’s fourth largest lake, third in freshness and covers a total surface area of 59, 696 kilometer squared. This lake was formed as a result of movement of Glaciers and its main sources flows are Mackinac straight and saint Mary Rivers. Other important facts include largest lake island worldwide and is a home of Manitoulin Island. Huron is 229 meters long and covers a width of 295 kilometers.
3. Lake Victoria
Lake Victoria is a fresh water lake shared by three different countries of east Africa namely, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. It holds titles of Africa’s largest lake, world’s largest tropical water body and second fresh water worldwide. Victoria is named after Queen Victoria and covers a surface area of 69, 485 square kilometers. Kagera River is Victoria’s main flow that has a basin covering large area in history of Africa. Its waters are relatively shallow covering an average depth of 40 meters and a maximum depth of 84 meters.
2. Lake Superior
Lake Superior is second largest lake worldwide covering a surface area of approximately 82,414 square kilometers. Superior holds a title of world’s largest freshwater lake and large 3rd in terms of volume. Superior attains a maximum depth of 406 meters, length of 563 kilometers long and width of 257 kilometers. Fun fact is that water from this body flows into Lake Huron so they are physically connected. Just like other few lakes, Huron was formed as a result of glacial movements.
1. Caspian Sea
This water body has features of both Lake and sea ad is ranked as world’s largest lake that is enclosed within a water body. It has a total service area of 371, 000 kilometer squared. Water volume of Caspian Sea is 3.5 times more compared to five combined great lakes and has a long span with an average depth of 211 meters. Caspian is just a unique ocean lake with rest being said to be continental lakes. Major sources of inflow include Kura Rivers, Volga, Ural and Terek rivers.
According to my research that I have conducted seriously, those ten are largest lakes 2017 worldwide and ranked according to its surface area.