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This TOP 10 list of world deepest lake was last checked on 14-05-2020.

10. Matano Lake, Sulawesi, Indonesia

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Depth: 590 m (1,936 ft)
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Lake Matano (Indonesian: Danau Matano), also referred to as Matana, is a natural lake in South Sulawesi, Indonesia.
With a depth of 590 m (1,936 ft), it's the deepest lake in Indonesia (ranked by maximum depth), the 10th deepest lake within the world and therefore the deepest lake on an island by maximum depth.
The surface elevation from mean water level is merely 382 m (1,253 ft), which suggests that the deepest portion of the lake is below water level (cryptodepression).
It's one among the 2 major lakes (the other being Lake Towuti) within the Malili Lake system.
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9. Crater Lake, Oregon, USA

Crater Lake, Oregon
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Depth: 594 m (1,949 ft)
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Crater Lake (Klamath: giiwas) is a crater lake in south-central Oregon within the western US. 
It's the most feature of Crater Lake park and is legendary for its deep blue color and water clarity.
The lake partly fills an almost 1,949-foot (594 m)-deep caldera that was formed around 7,700 (± 150) years ago by the collapse of the volcano Mount Mazama.
There are not any rivers flowing into or out of the lake; the evaporation is compensated for by rain and snowfall at a rate such the entire amount of water is replaced every 250 years.
With a depth of 1,949 feet (594 m), the lake is the deepest lake within the US.
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8. Great Slave Lake, Northwest Territories, Canada

Great Slave Lake, Northwest Territories, Canada
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Depth: 614 m (2,015 ft)
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Great Slave Lake (French: Grand lac des Esclaves) is second-largest lake within the Northwest Territories of Canada (after Great Bear Lake), the deepest lake in North America at 614 m (336 fathoms; 2,015 ft), and therefore the tenth-largest lake within the world.
It's 469 km (291 mi) long and 20 to 203 km (12 to 126 mi) wide.
It covers a neighborhood of 27,200 km2 (10,502 sq mi) within the southern part of the territory.
Its given volume ranges from 1,070 km3 (260 cu mi) to 1,580 km3 (380 cu mi) and up to 2,088 km3 (501 cu mi) making it the 10th or 12th largest by volume.
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7. Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan

Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan
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Depth: 668 m (2,192 ft)
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Issyk-Kul (also Ysyk Köl, Issyk-Kol: Kyrgyz: Ысык-Көл, Isıq-Köl, ىسىق-كۅل‎; Russian: Иссык-Куль, Issyk-Kulj) is an endorheic lake within the northern Tian Shan mountains in eastern Kyrgyzstan.
It's the seventh deepest lake within the world, the tenth largest lake within the world by volume (though not in surface area), and therefore the second largest saline lake after the Caspian.
Issyk-Kul means "warm lake" within the Kyrgyz language; although it's surrounded by snow-capped peaks, it never freezes.
The lake may be a Ramsar site of worldwide significant biodiversity and forms a part of the Issyk-Kul Biosphere Reserve.
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6. Malawi - Nyasa - Niassa, Mozambique – Malawi - Tanzania

Malawi - Nyasa - Niassa, Mozambique – Malawi - Tanzania
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Depth: 706 m (2,316 ft)
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Lake Malawi, also referred to as Lake Nyasa in Tanzania and Lago Niassa in Mozambique, is an African Great Lake and therefore the southernmost lake within the East African Rift system, located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania.
It is the fourth largest water lake within the world by volume, the ninth largest lake within the world by area—and the third largest and second deepest lake in Africa.
Lake Malawi is home to more species of fish than the other lake, including a minimum of 700 species of cichlids.
The Mozambique portion of the lake was officially declared a reserve by the govt of Mozambique on June 10, 2011, while in Malawi some of the lake is included in Lake Malawi park .
Lake Malawi may be a meromictic lake, meaning that its water layers don't mix. The permanent stratification of Lake Malawi's water and therefore the oxic-anoxic boundary (relating to oxygen within the water) are maintained by moderately small chemical and thermal gradients.
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5. O'Higgins-San Martín, Chile (Aysén) – Argentina (Santa Cruz)

O Higgins-San Martín, Chile (Aysén) – Argentina (Santa Cruz)
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Depth: 836 m (2,742 ft)
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The lake features a area of 1,013 square km (391 sq mi), an elevation of 250 m (820 ft) above mean water level, and a shoreline length of 525 km, (326 mi).
Viewed from above, the lake consists of a series of finger-shaped flooded valleys, of which 554 square km (214 sq mi) are in Chile and 459 square km (177 sq mi) in Argentina, although sources differ on the precise split, presumably reflecting water level variability.
The lake is the deepest within the Americas with a maximum depth of 836 m (2,742 ft) near O'Higgins Glacier, and its characteristic milky light-blue color comes from rock flour suspended in its waters.
It's mainly fed by the Mayer River and other streams, and its outlet, the Pascua River, discharges water from the lake towards the Pacific at a rate of 510 cubic m per second (18,000 cu ft/s).
The O'Higgins Glacier flows eastwards towards the lake, as does the Chico Glacier.
Both of those glaciers are a part of the Southern Patagonian ice mass which extends for about 350 km (220 mi) during a north-south direction to the west of Lake O'Higgins.
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4. Vostok, Antartica
Depth: 1000 m (3,300 ft)
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Lake Vostok (Russian: Озеро Восток, Ozero Vostok, lit. "Lake East") is that the largest of Antarctica's almost 400 known subglacial lakes.
Lake Vostok is found at the southern Pole of Cold, beneath Russia's Vostok Station under the surface of the central East Antarctic Ice Sheet, which is at 3,488 m (11,444 ft) above mean water level.
The surface of this water lake is approximately 4,000 m (13,100 ft) under the surface of the ice, which places it at approximately 500 m (1,600 ft) below water level.
Measuring 250 km (160 mi) long by 50 km (30 mi) wide at its widest point, it covers a neighborhood of 12,500 km2 (4,830 sq mi) making it the 16th largest lake by area.
With a mean depth of 432 m (1,417 ft), an estimated volume of 5,400 km3 (1,300 cu mi), making it the 6th largest lake by volume.
The lake is split into two deep basins by a ridge. The liquid water depth over the ridge is about 200 m (700 ft), compared to roughly 400 m (1,300 ft) deep within the northern basin and 800 m (2,600 ft) deep within the southern.
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3. Caspian Sea, Iran - Russia - Turkmenistan - Kazakhstan - Azerbaijan

Caspian Sea, Iran - Russia - Turkmenistan - Kazakhstan - Azerbaijan
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Depth: 1,025 m (3,363 ft)
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The Caspian is that the world's largest inland body of water, variously classed because the world's largest lake or a full-fledged sea.
It's an endorheic basin (a basin without outflows) located between Europe and Asia, to the east of the Caucasus and to the west of the broad steppe of Central Asia.
The ocean features an area of 371,000 km2 (143,200 sq mi) (excluding the detached lagoon of Garabogazköl) and a volume of 78,200 km3 (18,800 cu mi).
It's a salinity of roughly 1.2% (12 g/l), a few third of the salinity of most seawater.
It's bounded by Kazakhstan to the northeast, Russia to the northwest, Azerbaijan to the west, Iran to the south, and Turkmenistan to the southeast.
The Caspian is home to a good range of species and should be best known for its caviar and oil industries.
Pollution from the refining industry and dams on rivers draining into the Caspian have had negative effects on the organisms living within the sea.
The wide and endorheic Caspian features a north–south orientation and its main freshwater inflow, the Volga , enters at the shallow north end.
Two deep basins occupy its central and southern areas.
These cause horizontal differences in temperature, salinity, and ecology.
The Caspian spreads out over nearly 1,200 kilometres (750 mi) from north to south, with a mean width of 320 km (200 mi).
It covers a neighborhood of around 386,400 km2 (149,200 sq mi) and its surface is about 27 m (89 ft) below water level.
The ocean bed within the southern part reaches as low as 1,023 m (3,356 ft) below water level , which is that the second lowest depression on Earth after Lake Baikal (−1,180 m or −3,870 ft).
The traditional inhabitants of its coast perceived the Caspian as an ocean, probably due to its saltiness and enormous size.
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2. Tanganyika, Tanzania - Democratic Republic of the Congo - Burundi - Zambia

Tanganyika, Tanzania - Democratic Republic of the Congo - Burundi - Zambia
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Depth: 1,470 m (4,823 ft)
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Lake Tanganyika is an African Great Lake.
It's the second-oldest freshwater lake within the world, the second-largest by volume, and therefore the second-deepest, altogether cases after Lake Baikal in Siberia.
It's the world's longest freshwater lake.
The lake is shared between four countries – Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Burundi, and Zambia, with Tanzania (46%) and DRC (40%) possessing the bulk of the lake.
It drains into the Congo system and ultimately into the Atlantic .
Lake Tanganyika is situated within the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift, and is confined by the mountainous walls of the valley.
It's the most important rift lake in Africa and therefore the second-largest lake by volume within the world.
It's the deepest lake in Africa and holds the best volume of water, accounting for 16% of the world's available water.
It extends for 676 km (420 mi) during a general north-south direction and averages 50 km (31 mi) in breadth.
The lake covers 32,900 km2 (12,700 sq mi), with a shoreline of 1,828 km (1,136 mi), a mean depth of 570 m (1,870 ft) and a maximum depth of 1,470 m (4,823 ft) (in the northern basin).
It holds an estimated 18,900 cubic km (4,500 cu mi).
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1. Baikal, Siberia, Russia

Baikal, Siberia, Russia
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Depth: 1,642 m (5,387 ft)
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Lake Baikal (/baɪˈkɑːl, -ˈkæl/;[4] Russian: озеро Байкал, tr. Ozero Baykal, IPA: [ˈozʲɪrə bɐjˈkaɫ]; Buryat: Байгал нуур, Baigal nuur; Mongolian: Байгал нуур, Baigal nuur, etymologically meaning, in Mongolian, "Nature Lake") may be a rift lake located in southern Siberia, Russia, between Irkutsk Oblast to the northwest and therefore the Buryat Republic to the southeast.
Lake Baikal is that the largest freshwater lake by volume within the world, containing 22–23% of the world's fresh surface water.
With 23,615.39 km3 (5,670 cu mi) of water, it contains more water than the North American Great Lakes combined. With a maximum depth of 1,642 m (5,387 ft), Baikal is that the world's deepest lake.
It's considered among the world's clearest lakes and is taken into account the world's oldest lake - at 25–30 million years.
It's the seventh-largest lake within the world by area .
Like Lake Tanganyika , Lake Baikal was formed as an ancient valley, having the standard long, crescent shape with a area of 31,722 km2 (12,248 sq mi).
Baikal is home to thousands of species of plants and animals, many of which are endemic to the region.
It's also home to Buryat tribes who reside on the eastern side of the lake,[14][15] raising goats, camels, cattle, sheep, and horses, where the mean temperature varies from a winter minimum of −19 °C (−2 °F) to a summer maximum of 14 °C (57 °F).
The region to the east of Lake Baikal is mentioned as Transbaikalia, and therefore the loosely defined region around it's sometimes referred to as Baikalia.
The lake was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
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