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ENVIRONMENT - EDITORIAL

Largest Lakes in the World

Lakes are defined as water-filled basins surrounded by land. Although this definition sometimes describes them as a small pond, there are lakes on earth that are larger than many countries. Let's take a look at the largest lakes in the world.

Saturday, May 2, 2020
Largest Lakes in the World

Largest Lakes in the World

ENVIRONMENT - EDITORIAL

by Caner Ozdemir

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Lakes are the largest areas where fresh water accumulates on the surface. Lakes are fed and drained by rivers and streams, and they are living geographical formations. They give life to both the creatures they host and the animals and plants around them.

But of course, "lake" is a very broad definition. There are many different types of lakes, and tectonic lakes, volcanic lakes, glacial lakes, and landslide lakes are some of them. The lakes are also very diverse in size and depth. There are lakes spread all over the world, from lakes where you can easily swim from one side to the other, to country-size lakes.

In some areas, while there are enough lakes to inspire the name of the region, some regions are so unlucky that they lack the freshwater reservoirs that can bring life to there. There are also lakes created by people, and especially artificial lakes formed by dams are the most common of them. Some are used to generate electricity, while others are installed to prevent floods. However, both are also used for agricultural irrigation.

Many of the largest lakes in the world, which have taken the name of the region they are in, surprise everyone who sees them with their magnificence, they are sea-sized rather than a lake. The area covered by the lakes may change seasonally, especially in salt lakes, this difference is more easily understood. We have listed the biggest lakes in the world. The lakes, which have become the identity of their region, are one of the protectors of the ecological balance. We can help protect them by paying attention to our water consumption and keeping the environment clean.

Largest Lakes in the World
Rank
Lake Name
Country
Area (km2)
1
Caspian Sea
Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Iran
371,000
2
Superior
Canada, United States
82,100
3
Victoria
Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania
68,870
4
Huron
Canada, United States
59,600
5
Michigan
United States
58,000
6
Tanganyika
Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo
32,600
7
Baikal
Russia
31,500
8
Great Bear Lake
Canada
31,000
9
Malawi
Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania
29,500
10
Great Slave Lake
Canada
27,000