Sunday, April 26, 2009

Largest World Lakes - Random Trivia Answers

  • A1) Russia. #7 at 12,200 square miles. With its tremendous depth, the Blue Eye of Siberia holds more water than the five Great Lakes combined.
  • A2) Kazakhstan. #14 at 7,115 square miles. The shallowest lake on this list has been shrinking since its source rivers were diverted for irrigation.
  • A3) Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Azerbaijan, and Russia. #1 at 143,000 square miles. The largest lake in the world holds two-thirds as much water as every other lake combined.
  • A4) Canada. #8 at 12,000 square miles. The Arctic lake is covered with ice for over half of the year.
  • A5) Canada. #10 at 11,170 square miles. North America's deepest lake was named for the local Indian tribe now known as the Slavey, formerly spelled Slave but always pronounced as two syllables.
  • A6) Russia. #15 at 7,000 square miles. Europe's largest lake feeds into the Neva River, which leads to the Gulf of Finland.
  • A7) Tanzania, Mozambique, and Malawi. #9 at 11,600 square miles. Africa's third largest and second deepest lake is also known as Lake Nyasa (with various spellings). Malawi calls it Lake Malawi, while Tanzania refers to it as Lake Nyasa (Malawi was formerly Nyasaland).
  • A8) Venezuela. #17 at 5,100 square miles. Maracaibo has been known to Europeans since 1499 when Alonso de Ojeda spotted it while exploring with Amerigo Vespucci.
  • A9) Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. #6 at 12,700 square miles. Africa's deepest lake, the second deepest in the world, feeds the Congo River, which empties into the Atlantic Ocean.
  • A10) Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. #5 at 26,828 square miles. Africa's largest lake was named for Queen Victoria by British explorer John Hanning Speke in 1858.
  • A11) Australia. #16 at 6,060 square miles. Hidden beneath the ice, Lake Vostok wasn't discovered until 1973. Despite an average temperature a few degrees below freezing, the lake remains liquid because of pressure from the ice above.
  • A12) Canada. #12 at 9,094 square miles. The shallow Manitoba lake's name means "muddy waters".

The rest of the top twenty are:

  • Lake Onega (Russia, 3,819 square miles).
  • Lake Titicaca (Peru and Bolivia, 3,141 square miles).
  • Lake Nicaragua (Nicaragua, 3,089 square miles).

Note: lake sizes fluctuate, sometimes dramatically, depending on environmental conditions. The order given here is as listed by Wikipedia but treating Lakes Michigan and Huron as separate lakes.

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