Lakes are nature’s creation. Due to tectonic, volcanic or even glacial activities, lakes can be formed. In some cases, lakes are also formed by accidental human activities. Most of the largest lakes are fresh water lake naturally situated in the Northern hemisphere as in the distant past; this area was covered by the huge glacier. Approximately there are 2 million lakes around the globe.
In this list, we are trying to feature out the awe-inspiring lakes around the world right now which are largest according to their surface area. I am sure that this list is going to add some new knowledge about places to your bucket list. So be ready to take a dip in your imagination while you read about the largest lakes in the world right now.
Here are the top 10 Largest Lakes in The World in 2017-2018
10. GREAT SLAVE LAKE
Considered as the second largest lake in the North-west Territories of Canada. The depth of this Lake is 614 Metres and the surface area covered by the lake is almost 28,930 square km. It comes in the tenth position in the world. The rivers flowing inward into the lake are Taltson, Hey and Slave River and the main outflow is Mackenzie River. The surface of the lake remains frozen for the maximum time in a year.
9. MALAWI LAKE
Lake Malawi is also known as Lago Niassa. Being situated in Mozambique, this lake is one of the most diverse kinds of a lake for its variety of fish species. The total surface area of the lake is 30,044 square km. And depth is 292 metres. This lake has been marked as the second deepest and third largest lake in Africa. This lake is the primary resource of water for the people of Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. Ruhuhu River is the main inflow, and Shire River is the major outflow. The lake located at about 500 metres above the sea level.
8. GREAT BEAR LAKE
The Great Bear Lake is the largest lake in entire Canada, and the location is 200 km, south of the Arctic Circle. The total area covered by the lake is 31,880 Square Km. and comes in the eighth position in the world. The average depth is 71.7 metres. The lake consists of 26 islands within it which cover 7593.3 sq.km areas. The main rivers that are flowing into the lake include Whitefish River, Big Spruce River and Haldane River. The surface of the lake gets frozen in winter and temperature drops. As a result, the weather becomes too cold to bear.
7. LAKE BAIKAL
Lake Baikal is another lake in the northern hemisphere and largest freshwater lake by volume in the world. It contains almost 20% of the unfrozen fresh water surface in the world. The Total Area covered by Lake Baikal is approximately 31,500 square km. And the depth is almost 1,642 metres. This lake had been formed as a rift valley that has a typical crescent shape due to the tectonic movement. The lake is rich in the specific type of flora and fauna and known as the Galapagos of Russia. Baikal Lake is the residing place of more than 1000 species of plants and 2,500 species of animal like fish seal etc. The name of the inflowing rivers is Barguzin, Selenge and Upper Angara Rivers.
6. LAKE TANGANYIKA
Lake Tanganyika is an ancient lake and one of the most biologically diverse lakes in the world. Located in the Highland in Africa, this lake has a surface area of 32,893 square km. and depth 570 metres. It is the second deepest and largest freshwater lake in the world by volume. In our list, it is placed at 6th place. The main inflowing rivers are Ruzizi, Kalamboo and Malagarai River.
5. LAKE MICHIGAN
This is the largest lake that located entirely in North America. It is the lake, among the five great lakes in North America that have no borderline with Canada. The lake covered an area of F 57,800 square km. and by volume, it is the 2nd largest. The shoreline is 2,575 km. The lake was formed by glacial movement, and it is connected to the ocean by waterways and canals, made by man. There are some major cities like Chicago, Milwaukee located along the banks of the Lake Michigan, which are the major manufacturing hubs.
4. LAKE HURON
Situated in North America: this lake is situated in North America, it is the 2nd largest of the five great lakes in North America. The total area covered by Lake Huron is 59,590 square km. A huge portion of this lake (23,580 sq. km) lies in Michigan and the rest in Ontario. Lake Huron is 577 ft. above the sea level. Main flowing rivers are Mackinac, Strait, and St, Mary’s River. Manitoulin Island is a lake island in Lake Huron which is the largest freshwater island.
3. LAKE VICTORIA
Africa’s largest lake and largest tropical lake in the world. Covering surface area is 69,485 sq km. This lake has been named after Queen Victoria. The primary source of water is rainfall and thousands of small streams. The largest river that is flowing into the lake is Kagera River. The area covered by the basin of the lake is vast. This lake has 84 islands within it. This is a shallow lake. Lake Victoria is sharing a border with Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
2. LAKE SUPERIOR
Considered as the largest of the great lakes by volume and surface area. It is a freshwater lake by nature. The total surface area covered by this lake is 82,414 square km. Main inflows of water carried into the lake via St.Mary’s River and Soo Locks and outward water flows into Lake Huron. Unlike other great lakes in North America, this lake was also formed by glacial movements. This lake is getting warmer rapidly, and it’s a subject of concern that it has lost almost 79% of its frozen part.
1. CASPIAN SEA
Being the largest water body on earth, Caspian Sea is the World’s largest lake. Despite the word sea attached to its name, it is the world’s ancient lake that has created a borderline with Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan. The total surface area of this lake is 371, 000 square.km. The lake holds a volume of 78,200 cubic metre water, which is 3.5 times more than the total amount of the water of 5 other great lakes. The Caspian Sea has some unique feature like it is the only oceanic lake whereas the other lakes are only continental lakes. The primary source of water that fed the lakes all the year is Volga, Ural, Terek and Kura. It is a salty lake. The area of Caspian Sea is so vast that it is almost equal to the twice of the Florida.
Every year tourist from many countries visit the above lakes to experience flora and fauna and for entertaining activities. This list has been made on the basis of the total surface area covered by the lake, and each of them is truly majestic water bodies on Earth. So, we hope the list will enhance your charm to know more about the magical water bodies more deeply.