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Top 10 largest lakes

Written by Top 100 Arena on 2012-09-08
They say the world is seventy percent water. It makes you wonder why a large composition of the world is made of this precious element, but that is a question to be answered another day. Most of this water is found in oceans that surround the continents of the world. You also have a large part of these continents being covered by lakes. Lakes can be majorly classed into two categories; you have fresh water lakes and salt water lakes. These are differentiated by the salt content in the water that makes up the lake. You can also choose to broadly classify lakes as either natural or manmade, with manmade being the lakes that result from the building of a dam on a river. Within these categories you can have many other different categorizations that will mostly be dependent on how the lake was formed.

10 The Caspian Sea

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This is believed to be the largest lake in the world. Located in Asia, the lake spans five countries. These are Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia. The lake has a surface area of over one hundred and forty thousand square meters with a length that is about two thousand kilometers long. The sea has a depth of over one thousand meters at its deepest point. The lake is known largely for its production of caviar and the drilling of oil. There are also a number of islands located on the lake.

9 Lake Superior

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This is considered as the second largest lake and the largest freshwater lake in the world. Its ranking on the list is dependent on how you would consider Lake Huron and Lake Michigan; if they are considered as one lake then it falls to third and second place respectively. The lake is shared by Canada and the United States in North America and covers a land area of slightly less than thirty two thousand square miles. The lake is largely used as a tourist attraction as well as an important transportation route.

8 Lake Victoria

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This is a lake that spans the three countries that make up the east African region, which are Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. The lake is considered as the second largest fresh water lake in the world and the largest lake in Africa. The lake is largely used for local fishing as well as supporting the tourism in the area. The lake is also the source of the longest river in Africa, river Nile. It is the source of the White Nile which links up to the Blue Nile from the Ethiopian highlands to form the Nile. It covers a surface area of over twenty six thousand square miles.

7 Lake Huron

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The lake is one of the five great lakes. The lake is located in between the countries of Canada and the United States. The lake has a total surface area of about twenty three thousand square miles. The lake is considered the second largest of the great lakes by surface area. The lake is also home to the largest freshwater lake island called Manitoulin. Its list of credits also includes having the longest shoreline of the great lakes. The lake has huge natural resources that support the economy of those found around the lake. The lake is connected to Lake Michigan by the straits of Mackinac.

6 Lake Michigan

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The third largest of the great lakes, it is also the third largest by volume. It covers an area of over twenty two thousand square miles. The lake is also the only great lake that is entirely located in the United States. The lake is joined to Lake Huron by the straits of Mackinac. The lake has recently been used for wind studies meant to establish the strength and seasonality of the winds blowing over the middle of the lake.

5 Lake Tanganyika

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The lake is located in Africa and it spans five countries. These are Tanzania, Burundi, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The lake covers a surface area of 12 700 square meters. It spans a length of about seven hundred kilometers. The lake is also the second deepest lake in the world. The lake is also credited as being the second largest freshwater lake by volume. The lake supports the fishing activities of most of the population that is around the lake.

4 Lake Baikal

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This is the sixth largest lake by surface area, estimated at about twelve thousand square miles. The lake is located in Asia, in the Serbian region of Russia. The lake is the largest fresh water lake in the world by volume. It also holds the title of the deepest lake in the world at over one thousand six hundred meters at its deepest point. Lake Baikal is also considered the world oldest lake and it has been included on UNESCO’s world heritage list. This is due to the unique freshwater ecosystem that the lake has provided.

3 Great Bear Lake

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One of the only great lakes that is located entirely in Canada. The lake spans an area of twelve thousand square miles. It spans a length of close to four hundred kilometers and tops off at a depth of about four hundred and forth kilometers. The lake is largely used for the purposes of fishing as well as tourism. The lake is also known for its beauty which is both scenic and inviting.

2 Lake Malawi

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The lake is located in Africa and is shared by three countries Tanzania, Mozambique and Malawi. The lake is also the second deepest lake in Africa with a depth of over seven hundred kilometers. The name of the lake varies with the other being Lake Nyasa.

1 Great Slave Lake

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This lake rounds up our list of top ten largest lakes in the world. The lake is located in Canada and holds the title of being the deepest lake in North America with a depth of over six hundred meters. The lake is famous for one of the ice roads on it called the Dettah ice road; this is a transport route between Yellowknife and Dettah. The ice road is usually operational during winter only with a ferry being used most of the other times.

There are different ways to look at the size of any of these lakes. The list takes into consideration the surface area that the lake covers. Other ways include the volume as well as the deepest part of the lake. This list may also be altered depending on how you choose to look at the lakes Huron and Lake Michigan. These can either be thought of as one lake or two. They are both part of the great lakes which are a group of lakes located in North America.

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