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10 Deepest Lakes On The Planet

Updated: Oct 3, 2023

These are the lists of 10 Deepest Lakes on the planet earth. These are not the largest lakes in terms of surface area but it holds largest volumes of water.

1. Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal is also popularly known as the “blue eye of Siberia”. It is located in Southern Siberia. It is the world’s deepest lake with a maximum depth of 5,369 feet. The lake is surrounded by dense forest and mountains. It is also one of the great eco-system on planet which has 1,700 species of flora and fauna. It is one of the most ancient lake on earth and its age is estimated at 25-30 million years.

2. Tanganyika Lake

Tanganyika Lake in Africa is the world’s second deepest lake on earth. It has the maximum depth of 4,823 feet and is being divided between Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo , Tanzania and Zambia. The age of the lake has been estimated between 9 to 12 million years. The lake is 420 miles long and 45 miles wide at its widest point.

3. Caspian Sea

The Caspian Sea is world’s third deepest lake. It is bordered with the countries of Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran. It is an endorheic lake which has no outflow of water either on the surface or underground. It was landlocked because of the continental drift which happened about 5.5 million years ago. The lake has a maximum depth of 3,363 ft.

4. Lake Vostok

Lake Vostok is the largest and the deepest lake among the 140 sub-glacial lakes on earth. It is located in the heart of an Antarctic continent It has a maximum depth of 2,950 feet. It is discovered very recently in 1996 by British and Russian scientists. It is covered beneath thick ice sheet of 13,000 feet. The age of the Lake is estimated up to 25 million years old.

5. O’Higgins/San Martín Lake5

It is the world’s fifth deepest lake located in Patagonia. Nestled between the Aysén Region and the Santa Cruz Province it is called as O’Higgins in Chile and San Martin in Argentina. It is also the deepest lake in America. The lake has a maximum depth of 2,742 feet.

6. Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi is fourth deepest lake on earth. It is also known as Lake Nyasa. It is located between Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania. It is the second deepest lake in Africa at a maximum depth of 2,316 feet. One of the interesting facts about this lake is that it has more species of fish than any other lake of the world.

7. Issyk Kul Lake

Lake Issyk-Kul is located in Kyrgystan. The Lake is surrounded by beautiful scenery all around. It is also a great place for various adventure activities like surfing, scuba diving, fishing, and more. The Lake is 113 miles long, and up to 38 miles wide. It has a maximum depth at 2,303 feet. The lake is situated at an altitude of 5,278 feet even though it doesn’t froze in cold winter months.

8. Great Slave Lake

The Great Slave Lake of Canada is also known as the Grand lac des Esclaves. It has a maximum depth of 2,015 feet. The main tributaries to this lake are Hay and Slave rivers and it is being drained by the Mackenzie River. As it is located in the NorthWest Territory of Canada, it is partially covered by ice at least for about 8 months in a year.

9. Crater Lake

Crater Lake, located in the state of Oregon in USA is actually a caldera of a volcano which was erupted about 7,700 years ago. It has a maximum depth of 1996 feet. Not only it is one of the deepest lake but it is also very beautiful. It is surrounded by cliffs for up to 2,000 feet high. Serene blue water of the lake looks spectacular. It is also one of the favorite place for photographers.

10. Lake Matano

Lake Matano, the 10th deepest lake on earth is located in South Sulawesi in Indonesia. It is a deepest freshwater lake in the Indonesia. The maximum depth of the lake is 1936 feet. It is fed by Patea River and later flows into Lake Mahalona .

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