Thursday's Child ... has far to go ... (0nm10wn2feet) wrote,
Thursday's Child ... has far to go ...
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More about my favorite lake. I got this in a forward from my in-laws and had to share, since I posted all those pics the other day!



LAKE SUPERIOR FACTS

·  Lake Superior contains ten percent of all the fresh water on the planet Earth.

·  It covers 82,000 square kilometres or 31,700 square miles.

·  The average depth is 147 metres or 483 feet.

·  There have been about 350 shipwrecks recorded in Lake Superior.

·  Lake Superior is, by surface area, the largest lake in the world.

·  A Jesuit priest in 1668 named it Lac Tracy but that name was never officially adopted.

·  It contains as much water as all the other Great Lakes combined, plus three extra Lake Eries.

·  There is a small outflow from the lake at St. Marys River into Lake Huron, but it takes almost two centuries for the water to be completely replaced.

·  There is enough water in Lake Superior to cover all of North and South America with water a foot deep.

·  Lake Superior was formed during the last glacial retreat, making it one of the earth's youngest major features at only about 10,000 years old.

·  The deepest point in the lake is 405 metres or 1,333 feet.

·  There are 78 different species of fish that call the big lake home.

·  The maximum wave ever recorded on Lake Superior was 9.45 metres or 31 feet high.

·  If you stretched the shoreline of Lake Superior out to a straight line, it would be long enough to reach from Duluth to the Bahamas.

·  Over 300 streams and rivers empty into Lake Superior with the largest source being the Nipigon River.

·  The average underwater visibility of Lake Superior is about 8 metres or 27 feet, making it the cleanest and clearest of the Great Lakes. Underwater visibility in some spots reaches 30 metres.

·  In the summer, the sun sets more than 35 minutes later on the western shore of Lake Superior than at its southeastern edge.

·  Some of the world's oldest rocks, formed about 2.7 billion years ago, can be found on the Ontario shore of Lake Superior.

·  It very rarely freezes over completely, and then usually just for a few hours. Complete freezing occurred in 1962, 1979, 2003 and 2009.

Yet more reasons why I adore having the opportunity to visit and enjoy this tremendous natural wonder!
;D
~~me~~

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