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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
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level 75
May 22, 2011
Balqash should be accepted as a correct answer.
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Dec 24, 2012
Okay
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level 10
Jun 15, 2011
Caspian Sea? why is this an answer?
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level 35
Nov 26, 2014
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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level 50
Oct 2, 2015
It's a called a sea because its on sea level
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level 45
May 6, 2016
That means the Black Sea is lake!
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level 59
Jun 12, 2016
forgot about Dardanele?
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level 65
Oct 6, 2016
The Black Sea is not a lake! See the Bosphorus.
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level 57
Dec 16, 2016
Caspian Sea is NOT on sea level. One other reason it's called a sea is that it is salty.
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level 63
Mar 4, 2017
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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level 34
Mar 4, 2017
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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level 59
Mar 4, 2017
It might be at Caspian Sea level, but it's not at sea level.
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level 34
Aug 15, 2011
Uh, time to study my lakes!
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level 31
Dec 20, 2011
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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level 21
Apr 21, 2012
13/20 and i'm 11 :D
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level 28
Jan 8, 2015
20/6 and I'm 7!
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level 39
Mar 6, 2017
21,083,191,394/13.4 and I'm a newborn!
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level 59
Jun 24, 2012
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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level 16
Jun 20, 2013
At least there's still a NORTH Aral Sea, despite no SOUTH Aral Sea.
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level 47
Mar 16, 2017
It's much worse now. I am now calling it by the new name, The Aralkum Desert.
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level 55
Jan 8, 2013
Balkhash is not working! I tried it many times too.
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Jan 9, 2013
Fixed. Thanks!
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level 50
Jan 8, 2013
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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level 39
Jan 9, 2013
Why not Black Sea?
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level 43
Feb 26, 2013
bosporus, dardanelles, etc
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level 16
Jun 20, 2013
The ocean flows into the black sea, not the other way around.
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level 59
Jan 8, 2015
No, the Black Sea and Atlantic Ocean both flow into the Mediterranean Sea.
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level 64
Nov 14, 2013
Man, missed all the Canadian ones . . . accidentally forgot about the neighbor to the north.
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level 68
Oct 30, 2014
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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level 63
Dec 12, 2015
Lake Eyre in Australia has a maximum area of over 9,500 sq km.
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level 76
Nov 5, 2014
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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level 63
Dec 12, 2015
I would not get one question correct if the quiz was in Finnish.
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level 77
Jan 8, 2015
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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level 47
Mar 16, 2017
Lake Maracaibo is a lagoon or bay. The Caspian sea is a lake. The Aral sea is a desert.
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level 77
Jan 8, 2015
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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level 62
Jan 8, 2015
Agreed. Vostok shouldn't be included.
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level 23
Jan 8, 2015
20/20 on first try, and I'm only 11!
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level 23
Jan 8, 2015
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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level 48
Mar 24, 2016
You know what? Good for you!!!!!!!!!.....................................
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level 48
Mar 24, 2016
I got 69/20 and I'm -3 year old!
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level 51
Jan 12, 2015
9/20
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level 55
Jan 19, 2016
Very surprised that Salt Lake, Lake Geneva, Lake of the Woods, and Lake Tahoe aren't on here.
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level 45
Jun 5, 2016
Lake Geneva, and Lake Tahoe.
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level 59
Mar 4, 2017
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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level 59
Mar 4, 2017
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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level 63
Mar 4, 2017
Know your lakes? try my ' Largest lakes in area by continents '
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level 46
Mar 4, 2017
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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level 21
Mar 4, 2017
lake tanzania should be accepted for tanganyika
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level 31
Mar 5, 2017
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
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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level 58
Mar 6, 2017
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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level 18
Mar 8, 2017
Aral Sea?
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level 47
Mar 16, 2017
I know, last time I looked at it, it was gone!
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level 45
Mar 8, 2017
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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level 49
May 1, 2017
I had no idea that someone actually went out to these desolate lakes in Canada (Athabaska, Great Bear, Great Slave,) and actually measured them, shows what kind of civil service we had umpteen years ago.
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level 69
May 2, 2017
Dang. Missed the Caspian Lake. :-P
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