These inland water pools are too big to be a pond but most definitely not an ocean, these are the biggest lakes on our planet. A number of these, supply us with freshwater and a few shaped societies around them. Today, let’s take a glance at the largest lakes on each continent.
North America – Lake Superior
The matter of which lake is larger, is somewhat contentious in North America, while both are a component of the Great Lakes chain, it’s really almost a matter of private opinion of which is larger. Lake Superior is most ordinarily listed as the largest lake on the continent, with a surface area of nearly 128,000 square km. and the deepest point of 406 meters.
The rationale about this Lake’s position as #1 is contested is because of Michigan/Huron, which, while considered two lakes by many, very much follows the rule of one Lake connected by the Strait of Mackinac. Lake Michigan/Huron, if counted as one Lake, is about 117 thousand square km. with the deepest point of 281 meters. The flow between Huron and Michigan isn’t a relentless one-way stream and direction between the flow can change, making it possible to classify it as the largest lake In North America.
South America – Lake Titicaca
Located between Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is one of the highest elevated lakes in the world. All that are higher are significantly smaller and this is the largest in South America. The lake includes a surface area of 8372 square km. and a maximum depth of two hundred and eighty-one meters. The typical temperature is pretty cold at around ten to fourteen degrees, Celcius.
Asia – Caspian Sea
This is another slightly strange Lake, but I suppose that’s to be expected when it Dwarfs every other lake within the world. While it’s classified as a sea and Lake interchangeably, it can be considered as a lake since it’s not in a coastal area. The Caspian Sea includes a surface area of 371 thousand square km. which makes it the largest lake by surface area on the planet and a max depth of 1025 meters. Once a part of the Tethys Ocean or Neotethys, The Caspian Sea is now locked within Asia, surrounded by Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan.
Africa – Lake Victoria
Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania surround Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria, it includes a surface area of 68800 square km. and a max depth of 83 meters. This is the biggest tropical lake in the world. The White Nile flows from it and it is the second-largest freshwater lake in the world unless you count Lake Michigan/Huron as one.
Antarctica – Lake Vostok
Located at 13000 feet below the Russian Vostok research station, is Antarctica’s largest lake deep under ice, includes a surface area of twelve thousand five hundred square km. This lake is somewhat of a mystery. A specific max depth is still unknown, but the common depth is about fourteen hundred feet. Above the lake, the coldest temperature on earth was recorded at a negative 53.3 Degree Celcius. So surely, this is not where anyone would like their summer lake house to be.
Europe – Lake Ladoga
Between Russia and Finland sits Europe’s largest lake. Lake Ladoga includes a surface area of 17700 square km. and a depth of 230 meters. Upon the surface lies about 660 islands, of which has inhabited locations. it had been shared between Russia and Finland until the Winter War, during which in 1940, The Soviet Union claimed all of the lake.
Oceania – Lake Eyre
Possibly the strangest lake on this list is lake Eyre, located within the middle of Australia. The desert surrounding it makes the lake vulnerable to massive water level changes and only sometimes in a whole year this lake reaches its maximum surface area of just under 9500 sq km.
It is interesting to see how different areas of the world accommodate a different approach towards these Largest Lakes on Each Continent.
Learn more here: Lakes around the globe by surface area
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