Here are the largest lakes in the world. With the Great Lakes, the United States itself doesn’t lack for impressive bodies of water, but there is a large debate over who hosts the largest lakes in the world because some land-locked bodies of water, such as the Caspian Sea, are saltwater not freshwater. For the purpose of this list, the Caspian Sea is not going to be counted, both because it is saltwater and because there is an argument over whether it is a sea or a lake.
- Lake Superior Next to the Caspian Sea, Lake Superior is the world’s largest land-locked body of fresh water, as well as North America’s. Lake Superior is 31,820 square miles, covering parts of both the United States of America, states Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada. It’s 383 miles long and at its deepest is 1,333 feet. Its surface area alone makes it the largest lake in the world.
- Lake Victoria Lake Victoria, at 26,828 square miles, is situated in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya in Africa. It’s 200 miles long and but relatively shallow and its deepest point is only 270 feet deep. It lays in a wide depression between the Great Rift Valleys. The size and power of this lake is obvious when you consider that it is the main source of the epic Nile River. It’s dotted by countless islands and peninsulas and dozens of different cultures live on and around this incredible water source. It’s the second largest lake in the world.
- Lake Huron Another one of North America’s Great Lakes is Huron at 23,010 square miles. Lake Huron is the third largest lake in the world and is 247 miles long and 750 feet deep at its deepest point. Huron is connected to Lake Michigan, another of the Great Lakes, by the Straits of Mackinac. Its shoreline is the longest of all the Great Lakes and its home to the largest freshwater island in the world, Manitoulin Island. Altogether, Huron is the fifth largest lake in the world.
- Lake Michigan Lake Michigan resides solely in the Untied States and is thus its largest body of fresh water. It's 22,400 square miles, 321 miles long and 925 feet deep. Lake Michigan is the second largest Great Lake and the largest in America. It’s the only Great Lake that resides solely in America and is connected to Lake Huron through the Straits of Mackinac. Michigan has two tiers, one colder north tier and a warmer southern basin.
- Aral Sea The Aral Sea is in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and is 13,000 square miles, 266 miles long and 223 feet at its deepest point. Aral is a salt lake that was once the fourth largest lake in the world. Over the past decades is has dried up so much that today it is only a tenth of its former size. This happened because the rivers feeding the lake were diverted for irrigation projects in the surrounding areas. Today, with less then ten percent of its original mass, it’s nothing more then a graveyard for what was once a thriving fishing economy. There are many famous images of the lake’s ghost ships left where they once floated.
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