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Top 10 List:

This is a list of the largest lakes, in terms of area size, found throughout the world.

Due to environmental changes, lake areas are changing over time. A reader has notified me that since this list was created many years ago, the Aral Sea sadly has suffered an ecological catastrophe as a result of the people of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, and no longer is the fourth largest lake of the world. It doesn't even make it in top 10.

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Lake Location Area (sq km) Area (sq miles)
1. Caspian Sea Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan (the longest coastline of 2320 km), Turkmenistan & Azerbaijan. 371800 143552
2. Superior Canada / USA 82350 31795
3. Victoria Kenya / Tanzania / Uganda 69500 26834
4. Aral Sea Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan 65500 25290
5. Huron Canada / USA 59600 23012
6. Michigan USA 58000 22394
7. Tanganyika Burundi / Tanzania / Zaire / Zambia 32900 12703
8. Great Bear Canada 31800 12278
9. Baikal Russia 30500 11776
10. Nyasa (Malawi) Malawi / Mozambique / Tanzania 29600 11429
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