Top 10 Largest Lakes in the World

They’re smaller than seas and larger than ponds. Lakes are areas filled with water that is surrounded by land and one or more rivers which feed and drain the lake. Lakes are not connected to any ocean. Unlike rivers, their water is also not flowing. While no universally accepted distinction between lakes and ponds exists, lakes generally are regarded as having water bodies of at least 10 hectares (25 acres). Everything smaller can be seen as merely a pond. Most lakes in the world are natural, but artificial, human-made, lakes exist as well. The world’s largest lakes are all natural though. The following shows the 10 largest lakes in the world. The ranking is based on the lakes’ respective area sizes.

1. Caspian Sea

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Lake size: ~ 371,000 km² / 143,000 sq mi

Shoreline location: Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Iran
Maximum depth: 1,025 m / 3,360 ft

2. Lake Superior

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Lake size: ~ 82,100 km² / 31,700 sq mi

Shoreline location: Canada, USA
Maximum depth: 406 m / 1,333 ft

3. Lake Victoria

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Lake size: ~ 68,870 km² / 26,590 sq mi

Shoreline location: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania
Maximum depth: 81 m / 266 ft

4. Lake Huron

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Lake size: 59,600 km² / 23,000 sq mi

Shoreline location: Canada, USA
Maximum depth: 229 m / 750 ft

5. Lake Michigan

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Lake size: ~ 58,000 km² / 22,000 sq mi

Shoreline location: USA
Maximum depth: 281 m / 923 ft

6. Lake Tanganyika

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Lake size: ~ 32,600 sq km / 12,600 sq mi

Shoreline location: Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Maximum depth: 1,470 m / 4,820 ft

7. Lake Baikal

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Lake size: ~ 31,500 sq km / 12,200 sq mi

Shoreline location: Russia
Maximum depth: 1,642 m / 5,387 ft

8. Great Bear Lake

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Lake size: ~ 31,000 sq km / 12,000 sq mi

Shoreline location: Canada
Maximum depth: 446 m / 1,463 ft

9. Lake Malawi

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Lake size: ~ 29,500 sq km / 11,400 sq mi

Shoreline location: Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania
Maximum depth: 706 m / 2,316 ft

10. Great Slave Lake

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Lake size: ~ 27,000 sq km / 10,000 sq mi

Shoreline location: Canada
Maximum depth: 614 m / 2,014 ft

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