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World's Biggest Lakes Quiz

How many of the world's 20 biggest lakes can you name?
  • Ranked by surface area in square kilometers
  • Includes saltwater lakes and inland seas - but not Lake Maracaibo
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Aug 30, 2016
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Area
Continent
Lake
436,000
Asia/Europe
82,100
North America
68,870
Africa
59,600
North America
58,000
North America
32,600
Africa
31,500
Asia
31,000
North America
29,500
Africa
27,000
North America
Area
Continent
Lake
25,700
North America
24,514
North America
18,960
North America
18,130
Europe
16,400
Asia
12,500
Antarctica
9,720
Europe
8,372
South America
8,264
North America
7,850
North America
Answer Stats
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(75)
Balqash should be accepted as a correct answer.
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May 22, 2011
Okay
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Dec 24, 2012
(10)
Caspian Sea? why is this an answer?
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Jun 15, 2011
(32)
Because the definition of a lake is a closed body of water which means it is not connected to an ocean. The reason Caspian is called a sea because it is very large compared to other lakes.
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Nov 26, 2014
(47)
It's a called a sea because its on sea level
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Oct 2, 2015
(45)
That means the Black Sea is lake!
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May 6, 2016
(58)
forgot about Dardanele?
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Jun 12, 2016
(61)
The Black Sea is not a lake! See the Bosphorus.
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Oct 6, 2016
(54)
Caspian Sea is NOT on sea level. One other reason it's called a sea is that it is salty.
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Dec 16, 2016
(61)
The Caspian Sea is salty and about 100ft below normal sea level. It was cut off from the oceans about 5.5 million years ago. The Volga and the Ural river both flow into it.
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Mar 4, 2017
(28)
No Devvik2 The Black Sea touches the Mediterranean Sea which borders the Atlantic Ocean So it doesn't count as a Lake
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Mar 4, 2017
(56)
It might be at Caspian Sea level, but it's not at sea level.
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Mar 4, 2017
(34)
Uh, time to study my lakes!
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Aug 15, 2011
(31)
Just a bit of info..... The determination of the Caspian Sea as a lake or a sea is in dispute and under negotiation between the 5 littoral states bordering it. A previous agreement between the Soviet Union and Iran listed it as a lake but since the break-up of the USSR the new littoral nations have refused to acknoweldge the previous treaty. If the Caspian were a lake the resources (oil, gas, fishing) and area would be split evenly between the five but if it is a sea the borders would be drawn out from the borders of each nation which would mean Iran would have considerably less territory under their control. There are other concerns but this is the primary issue.
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Dec 20, 2011
(21)
13/20 and i'm 11 :D
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Apr 21, 2012
(28)
20/6 and I'm 7!
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Jan 8, 2015
(34)
21,083,191,394/13.4 and I'm a newborn!
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Mar 6, 2017
(55)
I was surprised to not find the Aral Sea on this list. I know it's been shrinking a lot, but still! So I went to Wikipedia to check, and was shocked to find out that it doesn't even exist anymore! D:
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Jun 24, 2012
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At least there's still a NORTH Aral Sea, despite no SOUTH Aral Sea.
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Jun 20, 2013
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It's much worse now. I am now calling it by the new name, The Aralkum Desert.
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Mar 16, 2017
(55)
Balkhash is not working! I tried it many times too.
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Jan 8, 2013
Fixed. Thanks!
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Jan 9, 2013
(46)
i knew baikal. it was on the tip of my tongue. i tried baikan, balkan, balkai, bankal, baklain, etc. and whatever. i tried it like 20 times but i just didn't get baikal =(
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Jan 8, 2013
(39)
Why not Black Sea?
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Jan 9, 2013
(43)
bosporus, dardanelles, etc
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Feb 26, 2013
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The ocean flows into the black sea, not the other way around.
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Jun 20, 2013
(57)
No, the Black Sea and Atlantic Ocean both flow into the Mediterranean Sea.
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Jan 8, 2015
(62)
Man, missed all the Canadian ones . . . accidentally forgot about the neighbor to the north.
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Nov 14, 2013
(67)
If you are using maximum annual area, then Tonle Sap in Cambodia (16,000 sq km) qualifies. It varies annually between this size in November (end of the wet season) and 2700 sq km in April (end of the dry season).
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Oct 30, 2014
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Lake Eyre in Australia has a maximum area of over 9,500 sq km.
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Dec 12, 2015
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I cheated as much as to check what the name of Lake Onega was in English. Believe it or not, we call it Ääninen, which doesn't really sound a lot like Onega.
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Nov 5, 2014
(61)
I would not get one question correct if the quiz was in Finnish.
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Dec 12, 2015
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That second bullet point in the quiz description is an odd one... "but not Lake Maracaibo". Wouldn't it be better to state the reason Lake Maracaibo isn't included, instead of just randomly excluding it? I'm assuming it has something to do with the fact that it's tidally influenced?
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Jan 8, 2015
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Lake Maracaibo is a lagoon or bay. The Caspian sea is a lake. The Aral sea is a desert.
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Mar 16, 2017
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Another item that might bear further review is the inclusion of sub-glacial Lake Vostok. While it has been proven that there is water down there, it's also covered by 13,000 feet of ice which will never melt. Well, that is to say, if it DID melt, then we'd have a hell of a lot bigger problems than ranking lake sizes, because there'd be an ocean in most of our backyards. Incidentally, if water located permanently beneath a hard surface is to be included, then Salar de Uyuni in South America should be on there. Below a salt crust surface is a 10,582 sq. km pool of brine.
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Jan 8, 2015
(61)
Agreed. Vostok shouldn't be included.
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Jan 8, 2015
(22)
20/20 on first try, and I'm only 11!
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Jan 8, 2015
(22)
but it took me a while to get Athabasca, Vostok, Onega, Balkhash, and Nicaragua, but I finished with 1:36 left.
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Jan 8, 2015
(45)
You know what? Good for you!!!!!!!!!.....................................
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Mar 24, 2016
(45)
I got 69/20 and I'm -3 year old!
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Mar 24, 2016
(51)
9/20
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Jan 12, 2015
(54)
Very surprised that Salt Lake, Lake Geneva, Lake of the Woods, and Lake Tahoe aren't on here.
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Jan 19, 2016
(45)
Lake Geneva, and Lake Tahoe.
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Jun 5, 2016
(58)
Please accept Nyasa and Niassa as alternatives for Malawi. It is called those by Tanzania and Mozambique respectively. Former claims part of lake - latter unquestionably owns part. And Nyasa is what all British school kids were taught in my (ancient) generation!
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Mar 4, 2017
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I haven't been there since '94, but at that point, Malawians had appeared to be well over the British Empire and were using their own name for their lake.
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Mar 4, 2017
(61)
Know your lakes? try my ' Largest lakes in area by continents '
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Mar 4, 2017
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Despite its name the Caspian Sea is often regarded as the world's largest lake, but it contains an oceanic basin (contiguous with the world ocean until 11 million years ago) rather than being entirely over continental crust
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Mar 4, 2017
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lake tanzania should be accepted for tanganyika
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Mar 4, 2017
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I think you need to include a note about seasonal lakes not being included in the quiz. Lake Eyre (max area 9,500km2) and Lake Torrens (max area 5,745km2) are large enough to make in onto this list but rarely have water in them because they are both in Outback Australia.
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Mar 5, 2017
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Re: my earlier post - ignore Lake Torrens I was looking at the wrong page when I included it in the comment. Lake Eyre is definitely large enough to be included.
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Mar 5, 2017
(56)
It would be a cool feature if, when you finished the quiz, a map of the world popped up showing the lakes.
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Mar 6, 2017
(18)
Aral Sea?
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Mar 8, 2017
(43)
I know, last time I looked at it, it was gone!
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Mar 16, 2017
(30)
People seem to suck at this quiz. Most don't even know Tanganyika, Malawi, Ladoga, Onega, Great Bear, Great Slave, Winnipeg, Vostok... Weird.
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Mar 8, 2017
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