Deepest Lakes in Asia

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Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world and Asia, at a maximum depth of 1637m, deeper than the rest of the lakes in Asia by a wide margin. The Caspian Sea takes second spot with a maximum depth of 1,025m, while Issyk-Kul Lake is a distant third at 668m.


Lake Baikal. There are 4 lakes in the world that are at least 1 km deep(!) and two of these lakes are in Asia. Reaching maximum depths of 1,637m, Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the Asia and the world. With a volume of 23,615 km3, Lake Baikal is also the largest freshwater lake by volume in the world, containing 22–23% of the world's fresh surface water.

Compare the two titanic lakes - Lake Baikal with the Caspian Sea.

Incredible and mesmerizing video of Lake Baikal by Visit Irkutsk

The gigantic Caspian Sea, a saline endorheic lake (lake without outflows), takes second 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 gigantic Caspian Sea with Lake Superior, the second largest lake by surface area.

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

  Top 25 ranks, by max depth in descending order

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More than 2000km away, another saline endorheic lake, Issyk-Kul Lake of Kyrgyzstan, has a maximum depth of 668m. Issyk-Kul Lake covers a surface area of 6,236 km2, holding about 1,738kmof water.

Compare Issyk-Kul Lake of Kyrgyzstan with Balkhash Lake of Kazakhstan

Amazing Aerial Footage of Issyk-Kul Lake

Kadji-Sai beach southern Issyk-Kul shore  (Credit: Mzximvs VdB from Brussels, belgium / Wikimedia under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)

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 Asia.


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