Deepest Lakes in the World

  Overview

In the world today, there are four known lakes in the world that go beyond 1 km of depth.

Lake Baikal. With a maximum depth of 1,637m,  Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world and largest freshwater lake by volume in the world. Located in Siberia, it is also considered the world's oldest lake, dating to some 25-30 million years back, and contains more water than the North American Great Lakes combined.

Compare Lake Baikal with Lake Tanganyika, world's second-deepest lake

Incredible and mesmerizing video of Lake Baikal by Visit Irkutsk


  Top 30 ranks, by max depth in descending order

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Chart 1: Deepest Lakes
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Thee top 4 deepest lakes in the world are at least 1 km deep. Lake Baikal (1,637m) and Caspian Sea (1,025m) are located in Asia. Lake Tanganyika (1,470m) is located in Africa, while Vostok (1,000m) Lake is in Antarctica.
Chart 2: Largest Lake in the World (Surface Area)
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Among the largest lakes in the world, Caspian ranks top three in both categories as the largest lake in the world by surface area and the third-deepest in the world.

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Lake Tanganyika. At second place with a maximum depth of 1,470m, Lake Tanganyika is also the world's second oldest freshwater lake. It is an African Great Lake and outflows into the Congo River system and ultimately into the Atlantic Ocean. Lake Tanganyika is shared by four countries - largely by Tanzania (46%) and the DRC or Democratic Republic of Congo (40%), with Burundi and Zambia covering less than 15% of the lake.

Deepest vs Largest - compare Lake Tanganyika with Lake Victoria (largest lake in Africa)

Experience the environment and scenery of Lake Tanganyika in this video by Tanzania Tourism


Caspian Sea. The Caspian Sea takes third place with a maximum depth of 1,025m. Covering an area of 371,000 km2, Caspian Sea is the largest lake in the world by surface area.

Compare the Caspian Sea with Vostok Lake of Antarctica

View of the Caspian Sea on board the International Space Station (Credit: NASA/Scott Kelly, source:Wikimedia)

Vostok Lake, the largest lake in Antartica trails at fourth going as deep as 1,000m. The Vostok Lake covers a surface area of 12,500 km2.

Compare Vostok Lake with Great Slave Lake of Canada

Location of Lake Vostok in East Antarctica (Source: NASA)


There's more to learn about the deepest lakes. Select any of the lists below:

  Lake Baikal and the world's deepest lakes

  Hornindalsvatnet Lake and Europe's deepest lakes

  Great Slave Lake and North America's deepest lakes

  O'Higgins-San Martín  and South America's deepest lakes

  Lake Baikal and Asia's deepest Lakes

  Tanganyika Lake and Africa's deepest lakes

Or check out Largest Lakes in the world.


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