Top 5 Biggest Lakes In the World

Top 5 Biggest Lakes In the World

The hunt for the biggest lakes in the world

We’re located in South Carolina and have some beautiful lakes within a short drive of where we live and work: Keowee, Jocassee, Hartwell and many others. This is a great place to live if you love boating and enjoy getting out on crystal clear mountain lakes.

These lakes seem pretty big when you’re on them, but they’re just specks on a state or national map. This got us wondering: what are the top 5 biggest lakes in the world and where are they?

Do you know how a “lake” is different from a “sea”?

A lake is technically defined as, “a body of relatively still water of considerable size, localized in a basin, that is surrounded by land apart from a river, stream, or other form of moving water that serves to feed or drain the lake.”

A “sea” is an inland body of water that it is connected to an ocean.

Even though these technical definitions are pretty straight-forward there are still a few confusing spots on the global map where these definitions have not been applied. For instance, the “Caspian Sea” is technically a lake since it doesn’t connect to an ocean (it also happens to be the biggest lake in the world, even though geologists consider it a small ocean).

How did we determine which of the lakes in the list below are bigger or smaller than the others? Two ways:

  1. Lake’s Surface Area – the size of the surface of the lake (measured by square miles). 
  2. Lake’s Water Volume – the amount of water in the lake (measured in cubic miles). 

The World's Top 5 Biggest Lakes (by surface area)

The World's Top 5 Biggest Lakes (by water volume)

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