LARGEST LAKES OF THE WORLD

  

Our mother planet Earth is abound with huge number of different geographical structures, of which lakes share healthy and beautiful proportion. Thousands of lakes exit on Earth; some cover area of few acres whereas some spreads over thousands of kilometers. Some remain in frozen state throughout the year, while some has water standing or flowing across them.
Lakes add beauty to the environment. They present aesthetic displays which attract human attention and strengthen local recreation. Water from lake helps the irrigation significantly. It is also a chief source of hydro power generation.  It  lays massive impact on climate of a region. 
 Here is the post on top seven biggest lakes.

TOP-7: LARGEST LAKES RANKING#1

CASPIAN SEA












Area:                          3,626,000 km2 (1,400,000 sq mi)
Basin countries:     Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan
Max. length:             1,030 km (640 mi)
Max. width:              435 km (270 mi)
Surface area:           371,000 km2 (143,200 sq mi)
Average depth:       187 m (610 ft)
Max. depth:              1,025 m (3,360 ft)
Water volume:         69,400 km3 (16,600 cu mi)
Residence time:     250 years


TOP-7: LARGEST LAKES RANKING#2

LAKE SUPERIOR













Area:                          49,300 sq mi (127,700 km2)
Basin countries:     United States, Canada
Max. length:             350 mi (560 km)
Max. width:              160 mi (260 km)
Surface area:           31,700 sq mi (82,100 km2)
Average depth:       483 ft (147 m)
Max. depth:              1,332 ft (406 m)
Water volume:         2,900 cu mi (12,000 km3)
Residence time:     191 years

TOP-7: LARGEST LAKES RANKING#3

LAKE VICTORIA













Area:  184,000 km2 (71,000 sq mi)
Basin countries:     Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya
Max. length:             337 km (209 mi)
Max. width:              250 km (160 mi)
Surface area:           68,800 km2 (26,600 sq mi)
Average depth:       40 m (130 ft)
Max. depth:              83 m (272 ft)
Water volume:         2,750 km3 (660 cu mi)
Residence time:     35,000 years

TOP-7: LARGEST LAKES RANKING#4

LAKE HURON














Area:                          51,700 sq mi (134,100 km2)
Basin countries:     United States, Canada
Max. length:             206 mi (332 km)
Max. width:              183 mi (295 km)
Surface area:           23,000 sq mi (59,600 km2)
Average depth:       195 ft (59 m)
Max. depth:              750 ft (229 m)
Water volume:         850 cu mi (3,543 km3)
Residence time:     22 years

TOP-7: LARGEST LAKES RANKING#5

LAKE MICHIGAN












Area:                          59,600 km2 (23,000 sq mi)
Basin countries:     United States, Canada
Max. length:             307 mi (494 km)
Max. width:              118 mi (190 km)
Surface area:           22,300 sq mi (58,000 km2)
Average depth:       279 ft (85 m)
Max. depth:              923 ft (281 m)
Water volume:         1,180 cu mi (4,900 km3)
Residence time:     99 years

TOP-7: LARGEST LAKES RANKING#6

LAKE TANGANYIKA













Area:                          231,000 km2 (89,000 sq mi)
Basin countries:     Burundi, DR Congo, Tanzania, Zambia
Max. length:             673 km (418 mi)
Max. width:              72 km (45 mi)
Surface area:           32,900 km2 (12,700 sq mi)
Average depth:       570 m (1,870 ft)
Max. depth:              1,470 m (4,820 ft)
Water volume:         18,900 km3 (4,500 cu mi)
Residence time:     5500 years

TOP-7: LARGEST LAKES RANKING#7

LAKE BAIKAL














Area:                          560,000 km2 (216,000 sq mi)
Basin countries:     Russia and Mongolia
Max. length:             636 km (395 mi)
Max. width:              79 km (49 mi)
Surface area:           31,722 km2 (12,248 sq mi)
Average depth:       744.4 m (2,442 ft)
Max. depth:              1,642 m (5,387 ft)
Water volume:         23,615.39 km3 (5,700 cu mi)
Residence time:     330 years
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