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Did You Know: The Largest Freshwater Lake In North America?

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Lake Superior is the largest lake in North America.

When it comes to the largest lakes of North America, there are around 64 lakes. The largest lakes would be Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, and many more.

Lake Superior is not only the largest lake in North America, it is also the coldest. The cool climate and depth of around 500 ft (152.4 m) make Lake Superior the coldest of the largest lakes. But in terms of depth, Lake Baikal in Russia is the deepest lake in the world. Apart from being the deepest, Lake Baikal is also the world's largest freshwater lake. Although, Crater Lake with a depth of 1947 ft (593.44 m) is the deepest lake in North America. Most of the great lakes in North America lack fresh water. Lake Tahoe of North America is the cleanest lake in the US.

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Lake Michigan-Huron Location

Lake Huron and Lake Michigan are located in different places of North America but are connected by the Mackinac Strait. Two of the great lakes of North America combined have the potential to be the largest lake.

Lake Huron originates in the east-central part of Michigan and Ontario. Near the Sarnia port, Lake Huron meets the Strait of Mackinac and gets connected to the Michigan lake after which they flow as one. Whereas Michigan originates from the western part of North America flowing across Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. Along with the Mackinac strait, Michigan lake gets connected to Lake Huron. Both the lakes combined become one of the largest lakes in the world. According to researches, the African great lakes are massive as well but nothing compared to these lakes of North America. Lake Michigan- Huron beats Lake Nyasa and Lake Tanganyika of the African continent in terms of size. The latter, Lake Tanganyika is known to have Nile crocodiles residing in them.

Lake Michigan-Huron Specialty

The most important specialty of Lake Michigan-Huron Of North America is the fact that these two lakes are originally two different lakes but are can be considered single.

Technically both the great lakes share the same surface. Two of the largest lakes of North America are connected by the Strait of Mackinac. This strait is not a river due to the discontinuous flow of water through it. One of the main reasons behind considering them to be different water bodies is their flow of water. The water from both lakes is reversed at times. Since both are immensely large bodies that meet together through a strait, a balance in the water is not maintained. In case if Lake Michigan-Huron is considered a single water body, it will be larger than Lake Superior both by that total surface area and by water volume.

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The Five Biggest Lakes In North America

When we talk about the biggest lakes in the world, the great lakes of North America are always on the list. North America is known to have around 64 lakes situated across the region. These lakes might not be the mightiest but are known to have amazing visiting spots. Most of the great lakes of North America are freshwater lakes with massive water volumes. These lakes not only serve water America but to the Canadian province as well. The water is utilized for different activities like generating hydropower or for pisciculture.

The largest lake in North America is supposedly Lake Superior. This lake is one of the lakes of the five great lakes that are situated between the borders of the States and Canada. Along with Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, this lake passes along the states of Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Being one of the largest lakes, Lake Superior is massive with an area of around 50952 sq. mi (82,000 sq. km). The water in this lake is freshwater. Due to this fact, Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in America apart from being the largest lake. The second largest lake is lake Huron which covers a total area of around 37015 sq. mi (59,570 sq. km). This large lake is known to provide shelter to multiple species like trout and whitefish. The banks of Lake Huron are mostly populated by visitors and are famous for fishing and camping. The second largest lake of the great lakes of North America, Lake Huron finally drains into Lake Erie. After which all of these lakes drain into the Atlantic ocean. Covering an area of 35888 sq. mi (57,757 sq. km), Lake Michigan is the third-largest lake in North America. This lake is extremely populated and passes along regions like Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana. The lake has given birth to major cities like Green Bay, Chicago, and Gray. The banks have some great beaches including the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Warren Dunes National park. The fourth of the largest lakes in the Great Bear lake with an area of around 19262 sq. mi (31,000 sq. km). This great lake is one of the clearest lakes in North America with very little population residing near the banks. The Great Bear Lake is found to be covered in ice during the winters and ice road forms along the banks. During summer, fishes like lake trout, arctic char can be found in the water of the Great Bear Lake. The fifth of the great lakes of North America is the Great Slave Lake. Around five major communities are known to have developed along the banks of the Great slave lake. Activities like fishing and camping are regular activities that take place around the lake. Recently the business of fur trade has been on hold. Although fishing is still continued in this area. The Great Slave Lake is home to species like trout, whitefish as well as northern pike.

What is the largest man-made lake in America?

When it comes to the largest man-made lake in the world, Lake Kariba is the world's largest lake. Whereas regarding America Lake Mead is the largest one. It is more of a reservoir with a total water volume of around 28,255,000 ac. ft (34,851,977,400 cu. m)

The construction of Lake Mead was basically to create a reservoir to provide water to over 20 million people all over the states. The lake was made between 1931 - 1936. Initially, when the lake was created, the total area was not filled with water until 1983. Since 1983 the entire area has been filled till its beam and is claimed to be a lake. The name of the lake has been derived from the Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Elwood Mead. Apart from being the largest lake, it is also the largest reservoir in the states. The lake has stretched up to 759 mi (1221 km) along the shoreline. Being one of the deepest lakes, this lake has a depth of around 532 ft (162 m). The major reason behind building this lake was to provide enough water to overcome situations of drought. Apart from providing water to drought, the lake is known to supply water to generate hydroelectric power and to Canada's northwest territories. The water reaches the regions like Nevada, California, and Arizona. The water from the lake generates power of 2080 megawatts approximately. The reservoir has two drum gates making it one of the tallest as well. Even though Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the states, it is also the second tallest reservoir in America after the Oroville Dam which is situated in California.

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