Top 10 Deepest Lakes in the World

Some of the most beautiful Deepest Lakes in the World appear to be extremely old, deep and full with flora and fauna that is unique only for their waters. Situated on different continents and sides of the world, the list of the ten deepest lakes will take your breath away.

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#1. Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia

You have probably heard of this lake before. Its depth goes down to 1637 meters or 5369 feet. Besides its deepness, the lake is probably one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world with the greatest volume in the world, containing roughly 20% of the world’s unfrozen surface fresh water. Located in Siberia in Russia, between the Irkutsk Oblast to the northwest and the Buryat Republic to the southeast.

Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia
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#2. Lake Tanganyika, central Africa

Its depth is 1470 meters or 4823 feet which makes it second largest deepest lake in the world. It is also a very voluminous freshwater lake, so it is situated in four states on the African continent – Tanzania, Congo, Burundi and Zambia. Lake Tanganyika is situated within the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift, and is confined by the mountainous walls of the valley. It is the largest rift lake in Africa.

Lake Tanganyika, central Africa
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#3. The Caspian Sea

Some people call it sea because of its salty water, but the truth is this body of water is actually a lake. The Caspian Sea, like the Aral Sea and Black Sea, is a remnant of the ancient Paratethys Sea. It became landlocked about 5.5 million years ago due to tectonic uplift and a fall in sea level. It has a surface area of 371,000 km2 (143,200 sq mi). Situated among Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, it has depth of 1025 meters or 3363 feet.

The Caspian Sea
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#4. Lake Vostok, Antarctica

This lake is much shallower from the first three, but it still got its place on this list with its 900 meters dept (3000 feet). It is one of the most famous lakes on the frost continent, and it is a sub glacial lake, located beneath the Russian Vostok Station under the surface of the ice sheet of Central Antarctica. The surface of this fresh water lake is approximately 4,000 meters under the surface of the ice, which places it at approximately 500 meters below sea level.

Lake Vostok, Antarctica
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#5. Lake O’Higgins-San Martin , Chile and Argentina

It is located in Patagonia, taking surface of 1013 kilometers and depth of 836 meters. Half of the surface, about 554 kilometers belong to Chile and 459 kilometers to Argentina. The lake is the deepest in the Americas with a maximum depth of 836 meters.

Lake O’Higgins-San Martin , Chile and Argentina
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#6. Lake Malawi, ozambique, Tanzania, Malawi

This is the second deepest and third largest lake in Africa with maximum depth of 706 meters or 2136 feet. It is reportedly the habitat of more species of fish than any other body of freshwater, including more than 1000 species of cichlids

Lake Malawi, ozambique, Tanzania, Malawi
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#7. Issyk, Kul, Kirgizstan

In translation, the name of the lake means “hot lake”, because even though it is surrounded with frozen mountain peaks, its water never freezes. It is 668 meters deep.

Issyk, Kul, Kirgizstan
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#8. Great Slave Lake, Canada

This one is the deepest lake in North America, with depth of 614 meters or 2015 feet. It is the second-largest lake in the Northwest Territories of Canada (after Great Bear Lake), the deepest lake in North America.

Great Slave Lake, Canada
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#9. Crater Lake, Oregon, USA

This lake was formed in the crater of a former volcano Mount Mazama. Its depth goes down to 594 meters.

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Crater Lake, Oregon, USA
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#10. Matano, Indonesia

This lake is also known as Matana, and is part of two large lakes, in the Malili Lake System. It is 590 meters deep.

 Matano, Indonesia
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