10 biggest lakes in the world (by volume)

by / Saturday, 01 June 2013 / Published in Powers of 10, Top Ten Lists
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Although Earth is abundant in water, more than 95% of it is present in the seas and oceans. It implies that less than 5% freshwater is available to us; most of which is kinda locked in the Antarctic and Arctic. Rivers and lakes are thus are best sources of freshwater and must be preserved at any cost. With this though in mind we look at the 10 biggest lakes in the world by volume of water.

 

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10 biggest lakes World Map

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Great Slave Lake

Volume by water - 2,100 cubic kilometers

Location - Canada

Great Facts

a) Deepest lake in North and South America at 614 meters max depth

b) Icebound for 8 months in a year

 

9

Great Bear Lake

Volume by water - 2,225 cubic kilometers

Aka - Sahtu

Location - Canada

Great Facts

a) It has five great arms Keith, McVicar, McTavish, Dease and Smith

b) Lake is icebound for 8 months in an year

 

  • Great Bear Lake

    Location - Canada

  • Lake Victoria

    Location - In and around Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda in Africa

  • Lake Huron

    Location - Between United States and Canada

  • Lake Michigan

    Location - United States

  • Lake Malawi

    Location - In and around the countries of Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique

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Lake Victoria

Volume by water - 2750 cubic kilometers

Aka - Nam Lolwe

Location - In and around Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda in Africa

Great facts

a) Largest lake by area in Africa

b) Second largest freshwater lake in the world by area

c) Shallow lake with average depth of 40 meters and max depth of 83 meters

d) Supports Africa’s largest inland fishery

 

7

Lake Huron

Volume by water - 3500 cubic kilometers

Location - Between United States and Canada

Great facts

a) Manitoulin Island in this lake is the largest freshwater island in the world

b) Contains the Georgian Bay which is large enough to be among the world’s 20 largest lakes.

 

North America's Great Lakes

North America’s Great Lakes

 

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Lake Michigan

Volume by water - 4900 cubic kilometers

Aka - Mishigami or great water

Location - United States

Great facts

a) Largest lake by area entirely within one country

b) The Lake has a cul-de-sac formation meaning that water entering the lake circulates slowly and remains for a long time before it leaves the basin

c) Worlds largest freshwater beaches

 

5

Lake Vostok

Volume by water - 5,400 ± 1,600 cubic kilometers

Aka - Lake East

Location - Antartica

Great facts

a) Largest subglacial lake among 400 known subglacial lakes

b) Largest lake in Antartica

c) 4000 meters under the surface of ice

d) 500 meters below sea level

e) Before its discovery in the late 20th century, the lake may have been a sealed enviroment for millions of years

f) It is believed by some researchers that the lake may contain unusual forms of life

g) The lake remains liquid below the normal freezing point because of high pressure from the weight of the ice above it and geothermic heat from Earth.

 

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Lake Malawi

Volume by water - 8,400 cubic kilometers

Aka - Lake Nyasa

Location - In and around the countries of Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique

Great Facts

a) More species of fish than in any other freshwater body

b) Home to over 1000 species of cichlids

c) Over 500 rare species not found anywhere else

 

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