Top 10 Deepest Lakes in the World

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There are thousands of lakes spread throughout the earth, all of which are fresh water. While the fresh water nature of the lakes are shared between one another, the actual size of the lakes can vary greatly. From lakes that are inside of former volcanos to lakes that have taken over former canyons, the 10 deepest lakes in the world are spread throughout the entire world, so you never really know where you are going to find each lake.


10. Lake Matano, Indonesia

Lake Matano, Indonesia

Depth: 590 Meters (1,936 feet)

The Matano lake is located inside of the southeast Asian nation of Indonesia. This lake is one of two lakes found inside of the Malili Lake system inside of Indonesia. The lake is one of the deepest in the entire world and is one of the most sought after and visited lakes in the world. With the large amount of salt water surrounding Indonesia, the fresh water option is one that you are not going to find vary often in this area of the world.


9. Crater Lake, Oregon. United States

Crater Lake, Oregon. United States

Depth: 594 Meters (1,949 feet)

The depth of the lake is located in the site the former Volcano Mount Mazama. The crater formed over 7,700 years ago and has since formed a lake in the heart of Oregon. This lake is also likely to increase in size as the actual size of the crater is over 655 meters, or 2,148 feet. Due to this, it is possible that this makes it higher up on the deepest lakes in the world list in the next few hundred years. It is not something that is going to happen immediately, although most likely this is going to increase in depth slowly.


8. Great Slave Lake, Canada

Great Slave Lake, Canada

Depth: 614 Meters (2,015 feet)

This is the deepest lake in all of North America, which is home to thousands of lakes. While the largest lakes in the world are located inside of North America and split between the United States and Canada, the deepest lake in North America only reaches up to number eight on the list. However, as mentioned before, Crater Lake is likely to increase and move higher onto the list.


7. Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan

 Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan

Depth: 668 Meters (2,192 Feet)

The lake means “hot lake” in Kyrgyz. This is because although the lake is surrounding by snow throughout the year, the lake itself never freezes, regardless of the temperature outside. This makes it a rather interesting lake and one of the deepest to appear in the deepest lakes in the world. With the average temperature of the earth increasing slightly and ice caps starting to melt, many lakes are likely to start to increase in depth. Issyk Kul is likely to be one of these lakes. This is because the snow caps and peaks around it are likely going to start to melt and increase the depth of the lake over the next several decades. Due to this, Issyk Kul is likely to move higher on the list as well, although how high it might increase is hard to tell.


6. Lake Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Malawi

 Lake Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Malawi

Depth: 706 Meters (2,316 feet)

This is the third largest lake in all of Africa. Not only is it the third largest lake in the continent, but it is the second deepest lake in the entire continent as well. While many individuals look at Africa as a rather dry continent, there are actually many different lakes throughout the continent. In fact, many of the world’s diamonds are located near and around lakes.


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

Lake O'Higgins-San Martin, Chile and Argentina

Depth: 836 Meters (2,742 feet)

This lake has two different names, due to the fact that it is located between both the South American countries or Chile and Argentina. The lake is located in the souther region of Patagonia, which for many individuals is the stopping ground before departing to Antarctica. The entire surface area of the lake is 1,013 km and has an overall shoreline length of 525 km. The lake itself is flooded through a series of valleys that come from both Chile and Argentina. With the large number of icebergs located in the area, with the increasing world temperatures, it is likely this lake is also going to start to increase in depth over the next several decades as well.


4. Lake Vostok, Antarctica

 Lake Vostok, Antarctica

Depth: 900 meters (3,000 feet)

This is located in the heart of Antarctica. However, unlike the other lakes in the world, most of the lakes found on Antarctica are actually subglacial, which means the lakes are below the walking surface. In fact, the famous Vostok Station is situated right above the lake. This Russian station has the bust of Lenin on the top of it. Inside of the station, there is a gold book where visitors are able to sign, showing they have made it to one of the most difficult to reach locations in the entire world. However, due to the wind and snow cover of the region, the entire station is now covered, with only the bust currently exposed (although it is highly likely that the bust is now covered as well).


3. The Caspian Sea

The Caspian Sea

Depth: 1,025 Meters (3,363 feet)

While considered a sea, this is the largest enclosed inland body of water found anywhere on earth. It has no outflows and does not connect to any sort of ocean. That is why it is located right in the list of deepest lakes in the world. It is located between the nations of Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.


2. Lake Tanganyika, Central Africa

Lake Tanganyika, Central Africa

Depth: 1,470 Meters (4,823 feet)

This is not only the second largest freshwater lake in all of the world, but it has the second largest amount of freshwater by volume as well. It is located right in the heart of Africa. The lake itself is broken down between four different countries in Africa. These countries include Tanzania, Zambia, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is the lifeblood for many of these nations and most of those who live around the lake rely on it for food.


1. Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia

Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia

Depth: 1,637 Meters (5,369 feet)

This lake is by far the deepest lake in the entire world. On top of this, it has the largest volume of freshwater in the entire world. It actually holds about 20 percent of all the world’s fresh unfrozen surface water. This makes it an extremely valuable lake in Siberia. Even though it is located in the cold heart of Siberia, it remains an essential aspect to the fresh water in all of Russia.

While there are many different lakes that are still incredibly deep, this is the list of the 10 deepest lakes in the world. The deepest lakes in the world list is likely to change over the next few decades. With the increase of the world’s temperature on a yearly basis, it is likely that ice caps are going to continue to melt and, eventually, there are going to be lakes that increase in depth and find their way onto the list while some of the lakes on this list fall off from the deepest lakes.


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