A lake is a body of relatively still fresh or salt water of considerable size, localized in a basin, that is surrounded by land. Lakes are inland and not part of the ocean and therefore are distinct from lagoons, and are larger and deeper than ponds.[1][2] Lakes can be contrasted with rivers or streams, which are usually flowing. However most lakes are fed and drained by rivers and streams.

Natural lakes are generally found in mountainous areas, rift zones, and areas with ongoing glaciation. Other lakes are found in endorheic basins or along the courses of mature rivers. In some parts of the world there are many lakes because of chaotic drainage patterns left over from the last Ice Age. All lakes are temporary over geologic time scales, as they will slowly fill in with sediments or spill out of the basin containing them.

Many lakes are artificial and are constructed for industrial or agricultural use, for hydro-electric power generation or domestic water supply, or for aesthetic or recreational purposes.

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World’s lakes amazing photos



World’s lakes amazing photos


Unusual Lakes

Lake Melissani, Cephalonia, Greece

Lake Melissani, Cephalonia Island, Greece

Lake Eros

The Lake Eros

Nature again has romantic designs with a lake in the shape of the universal symbol for love. This one is to be found in the less frost-bitten environment of Kerala, India.


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Lake Karachay, Ural Mountains, Western Russia

Lake Constance

Lake Constance, Borders of Switzerland, Germany, Austria

Lake Garda, Italy

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 The Largest Lakes of the World

Area Length Maximum depth
Name and location km km m
Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan-Russia-
394,299 1,199 946
Superior, U.S.-Canada 82,414 616 406
Victoria, Tanzania-Uganda 69,485 322 82
Huron, U.S.-Canada 59,596 397 229
Michigan, U.S. 58,016 517 281
Aral, Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan 33,800 428 68
Tanganyika, Tanzania-Congo 32,893 676 1,435
Baikal, Russia 31,500 636 1,741
Great Bear, Canada 31,080 373 82
Nyasa, Malawi-Mozambique-Tanzania 30,044 579 706
Great Slave, Canada 28,930 480 614
Chad,2 Chad-Niger-Nigeria 25,760 7
Erie, U.S.-Canada 25,719 388 64
Winnipeg, Canada 23,553 425 62
Ontario, U.S.-Canada 19,477 311 237
Balkhash, Kazakhstan 18,428 605 27
Ladoga, Russia 18,130 200 225
Onega, Russia 9,891 248 110
Titicaca, Bolivia-Peru 8,135 177 370
Nicaragua, Nicaragua 8,001 177 70
Athabaska, Canada 7,920 335 124
Rudolf, Kenya 6,405 248
Reindeer, Canada 6,330 245
Eyre, South Australia 6,216 209 varies
Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan 6,200 182 700
Urmia,2 Iran 6,001 130 15
Torrens, South Australia 5,698 209
Vänern, Sweden 5,545 140 98
Winnipegosis, Canada 5,403 245 18
Mobutu Sese Seko, Uganda 5,299 161 55
Nettilling, Baffin Island, Canada 5,051 113
Nipigon, Canada 4,843 116
Manitoba, Canada 4,706 225 7
Great Salt, U.S. 4,662 121 5–8
Kioga, Uganda 4,403 80 9

NOTE: Area more than 1,700 sq. mi.

1. The Caspian Sea is called “sea” because the Romans, finding it salty, named it Mare Caspium. Many geographers, however, consider it a lake because it is land-locked.

2. Figures represent high-water data.

3. Varies with the rainfall of the wet season. It has been reported to dry up almost completely on occasion.

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