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A database referring to large standing bodies of fresh water in a basin. A lake is apart from rivers or streams that serve to fill or drain the lake.

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Victoria Nyanza

Water bodies; Lakes

The largest lake in Africa and chief reservoir of the Nile, lying mainly in Tanzania and Uganda but bordering on Kenya. Among the freshwater lakes of the world it is exceeded in size only by Lake ...

Lake Eyre

Water bodies; Lakes

A great salt lake in central South Australia, with a total area of 3,700 square miles (9,300 square km). It lies in the southwestern corner of the Great Artesian Basin, a closed inland basin about ...

Lake Onega

Water bodies; Lakes

The second largest lake in Europe, situated in the northwest part of the European portion of Russia, between Lake Ladoga and the White Sea. It covers an area of 3,753 square miles (9,720 square km). ...

Lake Maracaibo

Water bodies; Lakes

A large inlet of the Caribbean Sea, lying in the Maracaibo Basin of northwestern Venezuela. It is the largest natural lake in South America, covering an area of about 5,150 square miles (13,300 ...

Lake Chad

Water bodies; Lakes

Located at the juncture of the boundaries of Nigeria, Niger, Chad, and Cameroon, the lake covered 9,900 sq mi (25,600 sq km) in the mid-20th century. Its water level has since dropped—owing to severe ...

Lake Ladoga

Water bodies; Lakes

The largest lake in Europe, located in northwestern Russia about 25 miles (40 km) east of St. Petersburg. It is 6,700 square miles (17,600 square km) in area—exclusive of islands—and 136 miles (219 ...

Lake Balkhash

Water bodies; Lakes

The lake lies in the vast Balqash-Alaköl basin at 1,122 feet (342 m) above sea level and is situated 600 miles (966 km) east of the Aral Sea. It is 376 miles (605 km) long from west to east. Its area ...

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