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List of lakes by depth

This page lists the world's deepest lakes.

Contents

  • Lakes ranked by maximum depth 1
  • Lakes ranked by mean depth 2
  • Greatest maximum depth by continent 3
  • Greatest mean depth by continent 4
  • Notes 5
  • See also 6
  • Sources 7
  • External links 8

Lakes ranked by maximum depth

This list contains all lakes whose maximum depth is reliably known to exceed 400 metres (1,300 ft)

Geologically, the Caspian Sea, like the Black and Mediterranean seas, is a remnant of the ancient Tethys Ocean. The deepest area is oceanic rather than continental crust. However, it is generally regarded by geographers as a large endorheic salt lake.

Continent colour key
Africa Asia Europe North America Oceania South America Antarctica
Name Country Region Depth
(meters)
Depth
(feet)
1. Baikal[1]  Russia Siberia 1,642 5,387
2. Tanganyika  Tanzania,  Democratic Republic of the Congo,  Burundi,  Zambia Central Africa 1,470 4,823
3. (Caspian Sea[2])  Iran,  Russia,  Turkmenistan,  Kazakhstan,  Azerbaijan 1,025 3,363
4. Vostok[3]  Antarctica ~1,000 ~3,300
5. O'Higgins-San Martín[4]  Chile,  Argentina Aysén (Chile), Santa Cruz (Argentina) 836 2,742
6. Malawi  Mozambique,  Tanzania,  Malawi 706 2,316
7. Issyk Kul  Kyrgyzstan 668 2,192
8. Great Slave  Canada Northwest Territories 614 2,015
9. Crater[5]  United States Oregon 594 1,949
10. Matano  Indonesia Sulawesi 590 1,936
11. General Carrera-Buenos Aires[6]  Chile,  Argentina 586 1,923
12. Hornindalsvatnet  Norway Sogn og Fjordane 514 1,686
13. Quesnel  Canada British Columbia 506 1,660
14. Toba  Indonesia Sumatra 505 1,657
15. Sarez  Tajikistan 505 1,657
16. Tahoe  United States California, Nevada 501 1,645
17. Argentino  Argentina Santa Cruz (Patagonia) 500 1,640
18. Kivu  Democratic Republic of the Congo,  Rwanda 480 1,575
19. Grand  Canada Newfoundland 475 1,558
20. Mjøsa  Norway Hedmark, Oppland and Akershus counties 468 1,535
21. Salsvatnet  Norway Nord-Trøndelag county 464 1,523
22. Nahuel Huapi  Argentina Rio Negro, Patagonia 464 1,523
23. Hauroko  New Zealand Southland (South Island) 462 1,516
24. Cochrane / Pueyrredón[6]  Chile,  Argentina Aysén (Chile), Santa Cruz (Argentina) 460 1,509
24. Tinnsjø  Norway Telemark county 460 1,509
26. Adams  Canada British Columbia 457 1,499
27. Chelan  United States Washington (state) 453 1,486
28. Van[7]  Turkey 451 1,480
29. Poso  Indonesia Sulawesi 450 1,476
30. Fagnano  Argentina,  Chile Tierra del Fuego 449 1,473
31. Great Bear  Canada Northwest Territories 446 1,463
32. Manapouri  New Zealand Southland (South Island) 444 1,457
33. Te Anau  New Zealand Southland (South Island) 425 1,390
34. Tazawa  Japan Akita Prefecture 423 1,387
35. Wakatipu  New Zealand South Island 420 1,378
36. Como  Italy Lombardy 410 1,345
37. Superior  Canada,  United States Ontario, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin 406 1,332

Lakes ranked by mean depth

Mean depth can be a more useful indicator than maximum depth for many ecological purposes. Unfortunately, accurate mean depth figures are only available for well-studied lakes, as they must be calculated by dividing the lake's volume by its surface area. A reliable volume figure requires a bathymetric survey. Therefore, mean depth figures are not available for many deep lakes in remote locations.

The Caspian Sea ranks much further down the list on mean depth, as it has a large continental shelf (significantly larger than the oceanic basin that contains its greatest depths).

Continent colour key
Africa Asia Europe North America Oceania South America Antarctica
Name Country Region Depth
(meters)
Depth
(feet)
1. Baikal[1] Russia Siberia 744.4 2,442
2. Tanganyika Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, Zambia Africa 570 1,870
3. Crater[5] United States Oregon 350 1,148
4. Vostok[3] Antarctica 344 1,129
5. Tahoe United States California, Nevada 301 989
6. Adams Canada British Columbia 299 981
7. Malawi Mozambique, Tanzania, Malawi 292 958
8. Issyk Kul Kyrgyzstan 270 886
9. Kivu Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda 240 787
10. Matano[8] Indonesia Sulawesi 240 787
11. Hornindalsvatnet[8] Norway Sogn og Fjordane 237 778
12. Toba[8] Indonesia Sumatra 216 707
13. Karakul Tajikistan 210 689
14. Sarez Tajikistan 202 662
15. (Caspian Sea[2]) Iran, Russia, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan 184 604
16= Lake Teletskoye Russia 174 571
16= Ranau Indonesia Sumatra 174 571
18. Slocan Canada British Columbia 171 561
19. Azure Canada British Columbia 157.2 515.7
20. Quesnel Canada British Columbia 157 515
21. Ohrid Macedonia, Albania 155 508
22. Geneva[8] Switzerland, France 153 502
23. Singkarak Indonesia West Sumatra 149 489
24.[8] Loch Ness United Kingdom Scotland 133 436
25. Great Central Canada British Columbia 124 407
26. Garibaldi Canada British Columbia 119 390
27. Dead Sea Jordan, Palestine, Israel 118 387
28. Titicaca Peru, Bolivia 107 351
29. Gander Canada Newfoundland 105.4 346
30. Kauhakō Crater[9] [10] United States Hawaii 105 344

Greatest maximum depth by continent

Greatest mean depth by continent

Notes

Note: Lake depths often vary depending on sources. The depths used here are the most reliable figures available in recent sources. See the articles on individual lakes for more details and data sources.

  1. ^ a b Lake Baikal is also the largest freshwater lake by volume.
  2. ^ a b The Caspian Sea is generally regarded by geographers, biologists and limnologists as a huge inland salt lake. However, the Caspian's large size means that for some purposes it is better modeled as a sea. Geologically, the Caspian, Black, and Mediterranean seas are small oceans, remnants of the ancient Tethys. Politically, the distinction between a sea and a lake may affect how the Caspian is treated by international law.
  3. ^ a b c d Lake Vostok in Antarctica is a subglacial lake with a depth ranging from 400 to more than 900 meters.
  4. ^ *CECS, Depth sounding of Lake O'Higgins/San Martín
  5. ^ a b   (subscription required)
  6. ^ a b Murdie, Ruth E.; Pugh, David T.; Styles, Peter; Muñoz, Miguel (1999), "Heatflow, Temperature and Bathymetry of Lago General Carrera and Lago Cochrane, Southern Chile" (PDF), Extended Extracts of the Fourth International Symposium on Andean Geodynamics, Gottingen, Germany 04-06/10/1999, Paris: Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, pp. 539–542 
  7. ^ Degens, E.T.; Wong, H.K.; Kempe, S.; Kurtman, F. (June 1984), "A geological study of Lake Van, eastern Turkey", International Journal of Earth Sciences (Springer) 73 (2): 701–734,  
  8. ^ a b c d e Walter K. Dodds; Matt R. Whiles (23 September 2010). Freshwater Ecology: Concepts and Environmental Applications of Limnology. Academic Press. pp. 141–142.  
  9. ^ Maciolek, J. A. (April 30, 1982), Lakes and Lake-like Waters of the Hawaiian Archipelago (PDF), Occasional Papers of Berenice P. Bishop Museum 25 (1) 
  10. ^ Terrestrial analogs to lunar sinuous rilles - Kauhako Crater and channel, Kalaupapa, Molokai, and other Hawaiian lava conduit systems 

See also

Sources

  • Worldlakes.org, Deepest lakes

External links

  • Environmentalgraffiti.com - 10 deepest lakes with pictures
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