Deepest Lake In Asia | Oldest Lake in the World
Deepest lake in Asia is “Lake Baikal” that is situated in Russia. It is also the largest and the deepest fresh water lake in the world. In terms of water volume, it comes second in the world for having 23,600 km3 of water in it (after Caspian sea standing at first). The deepest point of lake is at 1,642 meters (5,387 ft). Its average depth is 744.4 meters (2442 ft), which still makes it the deepest lake in Asia as well as in the world. The maximum length of this lake is 636 km (395 miles) with an average width being 48 kms (30 miles). Lake Baikal is in a rift valley and it is presumed to be around 25 million years old lake. This makes it the oldest lake in the world.
Because of being located in a very low population area and having more than 300 water sources, it has about 20% of the world’s surface fresh water resources. Because of low salinity and less minerals in the water, this lake is a huge fresh and clean water resource, which makes it a center of interest for many countries around the world. The temperature around Lake Baikal ranges from −21° C in winter to 11° C in summer. In winter, the upper layer of the lake turns into thick ice allowing walking over it on foot. Many species of water life and plants are only found around this lake and for this reason it was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is also called the “Pearl of Siberia”. Being the deepest lake in the world, Lake Baikal is also the deepest lake of Russia.