Each country in the world has its own natural landmarks. In Russia, there are a lot of natural attractions. In our previous articles we’ve told you about Russia’s largest cities and rivers. In our today’s article, we’re going to tell you about Russia’s biggest lakes.
Well, let’s begin!
The Caspian Sea is the biggest lake in the world. Yes, it’s a lake. It’s called the sea because of its size: the size of the lake is more like the size of a sea. The area of the Caspian Sea is about 371, 000 square kilometers, and its maximum depth is 1,025 meters. The water in the lake is salty, although it has a lot of freshwater fish. The Caspian Sea washes the shores of 5 countries: Russia, Kazakhstan, Iran, Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan.
Lake Baikal is the second largest lake in Russia which is located in eastern Siberia. The area of Baikal is 31, 000 square kilometers, and it’s 1,640 meters deep. Baikal can be called the deepest lake in the world. the water of the lake is unusually clear and transparent. In ancient times, it was believed that the water from the lake had healing qualities.
Lake Ladoga is the biggest freshwater lake in Russia and in Europe. Its area is about 17, 600 square kilometers, ant it’s 230 meters deep. The Neva River begins in Lake Ladoga. 35 other rivers flow into the lake. There are 60 species of fish in the lake, half of which is of commercial value.
Lake Onega is the fourth biggest lake in Russia. It’s located on the territory of Karelia, Vologda and Leningrad regions. In addition, lake Onega belongs to the Baltic sea basin. The area of the lake is 9,700 square kilometers, and it’s 127 meters deep.
Taimyr is a lake in Russia which is located in Krasnoyarsk Region. Taimyr is the most northerly lake in Russia. Its area is 4,560 square kilometers, and its maximum depth is 26 meters. Since Taimyr is located beyond the Arctic circle, its climate is quite harsh. The lake is home to Arctic fish which are not found in other lakes.
That’s all about the 5 biggest lakes in Russia. We hope you’ve liked the article. Have you ever visited one of these lakes? Leave your impressions in the comment section.
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