Just so, how deep are the five Great Lakes?
Lake Superior is 1,335 feet deep and 350 miles long. It is the largest of the Great Lakes in both surface area and volume. Lake Superior could contain all the other Great Lakes plus three more lakes the size of Lake Erie.
How long and how wide is Lake Erie?
What is the average depth of each Great Lake?
Alone holds as much water as all four of the other Great Lakes combined. Has a maximum length of 350 miles (563 km) and maximum breadth of 160 miles (257 km). Has an average depth of 483 feet (147 m) with a maximum depth of 1,333 feet (406 m).
The average depth of Lake Erie is 62 feet. Lake Erie is very shallow on the Western Basin, but deeper on the eastern side of the lake near New York, northwestern Ohio and Pennsylvania. The deepest point in Lake Erie is 210 feet and is located within the Long Point Escarpment in the Eastern Erie Basin.
It holds about 3,000 cubic miles of water - enough to fill all the other Great Lakes plus Lake Erie three times over. The average depth of Superior is about 500 feet. It is the deepest (1,335 feet) of the Great Lakes.
When it comes to natural lakes in Ohio, it's a feast-or-famine situation. The state's northern border is defined by one of the world's largest lakes, but inland, the biggest lake in the state is referred to as a "pond." Apart from Lake Erie, all of the truly large lakes in Ohio are man-made.
The Great Lakes — Superior, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Erie — make up the largest body of fresh water on Earth, accounting for one-fifth of the freshwater surface on the planet at 6 quadrillion gallons.
The oldest rocks from which the Lake Erie basin was carved are about 400 million years old and formed in a tropical ocean reef environment. Lake Erie and its shoreline are a major source of many minerals. The largest sandstone quarry in the world is located in Amherst, Lorain County, Ohio.
|Lake Erie||Lake Superior|
|Water volume||116 cu mi (480 km3)||2,900 cu mi (12,000 km3)|
|Elevation||571 ft (174 m)||600.0 ft (182.9 m)|
|Average depth||62 ft (19 m)||483 ft (147 m)|
|Maximum depth||210 ft (64 m)||1,333 ft (406 m)|
As the southernmost of the Great Lakes, the majority of Lake Erie's water flows in through the Detroit River from the upper lakes — Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron — as well as tributaries such as the St. Clair River and Lake St. Clair. Its main outlet is Niagara Falls.
Among the waterways linking the lakes are the St. Marys River, which flows from Lake Superior to Lake Huron; the Niagara River, connecting Lake Erie to Lake Ontario; and the narrow Straits of Mackinac, joining Lake Michigan and Lake Huron (hydrologically, the two lakes are considered a single body of water).
The cause of Lake Erie algae blooms. Lake Erie's algae blooms are caused by runoff pollution. This type of pollution occurs when rainfall washes fertilizer and manure spread on large farm fields into streams that flow into Lake Erie.
So there it is. Just 4 Great Lakes: Michigan-Huron, Superior, Ontario and Erie.
Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Lake Erie also borders Ontario (Province of) in Canada, but that doesn't count!
The Laurentian Great Lakes were formed nearly 20,000 years ago when the earth's climate warmed and the last glacial continental ice sheet retreated. The glacier, up to 2 miles thick, was so heavy and powerful it gouged out the earth's surface to create the lake basins.
Hydrologically Michigan and Huron are the same body of water (sometimes called Lake Michigan-Huron), but are normally considered distinct. Counted together, it is the largest body of fresh water in the world by surface area.
The Great Lakes are, from west to east: Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario. They are a dominant part of the physical and cultural heritage of North America.
The Great Lakes region of North America is a bi-national Canada-American region that includes portions of the eight U.S. states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin as well as the Canadian province of Ontario.
The Detroit River flows for 24 nautical miles (44 km; 28 mi) from Lake St. Clair to Lake Erie. By definition, this classifies it as both a river and a strait — a strait being a narrow passageway connecting two large bodies of water, which is how the river earned its name from early French settlers.
Lake Ontario is the easternmost of the Great Lakes and the smallest in surface area (7,340 sq mi, 18,960 km2), although it exceeds Lake Erie in volume (393 cu mi, 1,639 km3). It is the 14th largest lake in the world. When its islands are included, the lake has a shoreline that is 712 miles (1,146 km) long.