Top 10 Famous Lakes of the World
There are many lakes in this world, but not all of them are famous. We all know about the Caspian Sea, which is indeed one of the most famous lake in the world. But may be some people don't know that its not a sea but a lake, a salt water lake.
Lakes are fresh water bodies that are enclosed by land from all sides. The primary difference between a lake and a river is that, rivers are connected to a sea and some how end up in it. Lakes however have no place to go, they can be fed, by stream coming out of melting glaciers, or rivers.
Lakes are considered to be a very temporary water body, and may end up dried with changing geological conditions. We all are aware of the tragedy of the Aral Sea, and who knows when any other lake will dry up. So measures should be taken for their preservation.
Here are a few of many world famous lakes:
Lake Baikal, in term of volume, stands on second and, in terms of depth; stands on first in world’s lakes. This lake is located in Russia (province Irkutsk), republic of Buryatia and eastern part of Siberia.
In measurements, this lake is 1741 meters deep (5315 ft), covers an area of 31494 sq kilo meters (12160 square miles) and has a volume of 22995 ICU km (18760 ICU miles). On a rough estimate this lakes provides world’s 20% of fresh water.
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Lough Neage is a fresh water lake of Northern Ireland.
It covers an area of 381.74 square kilometers which is approximately equals to 147.39 square miles.
This lake is largest lake of British Isles, and one of the forty largest lakes in Europe.
Caspian Sea, named after old Kaspi peoples who used to lives in Transcaucasia, is fresh water lake in central Asia.
This lake is in Russia and Iran. According to area it is world’s largest lake, and according to depth it is world’s 3rd deepest lake among all lakes.
This lake has an area of 371000 square meters (143244 square miles), with depth of 1025 meters (3363 ft) and measures 78200 cubic kilometers of volume which makes about 18760 cubic miles.
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Tanganyika is a fresh water lake in Africa. According to estimates this lake is second deepest (1471 meters, 4825 miles) and fifth largest (32,893 sq km, 12700 sq miles) and third greatest volume lake (17800 cubic kilometers, 4270 cubic miles)in the world.
This lake makes a boundary between Tanzania and Congo. This lake also divides eastern and western Africa.
Superior is largest among all five lakes of North America. To south, it is bounded by Michigan and Wisconsin and to north; it is bounded by Minnesota and Canadian province Ontario.
This lake is considered as one of largest water surface fresh water lake among all. Its volume is 12100 cubic kilometers which is approximately equals to 2903 cubic miles.
This fresh water lake is lying across highlands and largest among all Scottish lakes.
The very famous fresh water island Inchmurrin, British Isle’s largest fresh water island, is in this lake.
For the people, especially of Glasgow, this is a pure leisure destination. It covers an area of 71.12 sq km (27.46 sq miles).
Lake Victoria is largest reservoir of river Nile. Victoria is one of the African great lakes, it is also known as Victoria Nyanza, Sango, Lolwe and Nalubalee.
This lake is mainly in Uganda and Tanzania but borders ar Kenya.
This lake has more than 200 species of fishes among which Talipia is most important from economical point of view. The area of Lake Victoria is 69,485 sq km (26,828 sq miles).
This lake has largest volume of fresh water in Great Britain. This contains more fresh water than combine water of all lakes in England and Wales.
At some points it is deeper than London’s BT tower with the depth of 230 meters (755 feet), it is deepest lake in Great Britain while keeping Loch Morar as an exception.
Surface area this lake covers is almost 56.64 square kilometers (21.87 sq miles). Like many other lakes in Scotland, Loch Ness is also said to have some aquatic monsters in it.
Great Slave Lake
Great slave is second largest fresh lake, after Great Bear Lake, in Canada (Northwest Territories).
This lake has a depth of 614 meters, approximately equals to 2015 feet and is deepest lake in North America and one of the top ten deepest lakes of the world.
This lake is named after on the name of Slavey North American Indian. This lake has small fishing industry for trout and whitefish and has many small islands in it.
Lake Malawi, also known as Lake Nyasa, is in east Africa and one of and third among largest East African Rift Valley Lakes.
In 1616, a Portuguese, named Casper Boccaro, reported this lake, and the person who reach here first by south in 1859 was a British explorer named David Living Stone.
The volume of this lake is 8400 km3 (approx. 2015 miles3).