Top 10 largest lakes in the world

nature & geography

Millions of people worldwide depend heavily on lakes. Lakes provide them with fresh water and food. Many settlements were built in the close vicinity of a lake. From a biologist’s perspective lakes are interesting too, since they contain a rich biodiversity. Freshwater ecosystems occupy only 0,8 percent of the earth’s surface, but harbor nearly 6 percent of all known species. In 1932, the Dutch even created a lake (IJsselmeer) with a surface of 1.100 km², making it the largest lake in Westen Europe. But where can we find the largest lakes in the world? Here’s a top 10!

Top 10 largest lakes in the world

  1. Great Slave Lake (Canada) – 27,000 km2
  2. Lake Malawi (Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania) – 29,500 km2
  3. Great Bear Lake (Canada) – 31,000 km2
  4. Lake Baikal (Russia) – 31,500 km2
  5. Lake Tanganyika (Burundi, Congo, Tanzania, Zambia) – 32,600 km2
  6. Lake Michigan (United States) – 57,800 km2
  7. Lake Huron (Canada, United States) – 59,600 km2
  8. Lake Victoria (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda) – 68,870 km2
  9. Lake Superior (Canada, United States) – 82,100 km2
  10. Caspian Sea (Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan)- 436,000 km2