There are many lakes in many different countries the world over. Some are well known and others are not. The deepest lake in the world is not well known, but it is amazing. It holds up to 20% of the worlds unfrozen surface freshwater. As well as being the deepest lake it is also among the clearest lakes in the world. It is also believed to be the world’s oldest lake. So what is the world’s deepest lake? And where is it found?
The deepest lake in the world is Lake Baikal. It has an average depth of 744.4 meters (2442 ft) and its maximum depth is measured at 1,642 meters (5,387 ft). It is the second most voluminous lake in the world after the Caspian Sea. It has a surface area of 31,722 km2/12,248 sq mi which is less than Lake Superior or Lake Victoria.
Lake Baikal is found in the southern Siberian region of Russia at 53°30?N and 108°0?E. It is 636 km (395 mi) in length and is 79 km (49 mi) at its widest point. It holds a grand total of approximately 23,615.39 km3 (5,700 cu mi) of water. Lake Baikal is frozen from January to May every year. It has a total of 27 lake islands; including the 3rd largest lake island Olkhon. Lake Baikal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Ten Deepest Lakes in the World
- Lake Baikal, Siberia Russia, 1,642 meters (5,387 ft)
- Lake Tanganyika, Central Africa, 1,470 meters (4,823 ft)
- Caspian Sea, Iran, Russia, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, 1,052 meters (3,363 ft)
- Lake Vostok, Antarctica, 900 meters (2,950ft)
- Lake O’Higgins-San Martín, Chile, Argentina, 839 meters (2,742ft)
- Lake Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Malawi, 706 meters (2,316 ft)
- Lake Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan, 668 meters (2,192 ft)
- Lake Great Slave, Canada, 614 meters (2,105ft)
- Lake Crater, USA, 594 meters (1,949 ft)
- Lake Matano, Indonesia, 590 meters (1,936 ft)