The Great Lakes

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The Great Lakes- Lake Superior

Lake Superior is the largest of the five traditionally-demarcated Great Lakes of North America.It is the largest freshwater lake in the world. Its rocky shoreline is over 2500 miles long, and wanders through Ontario, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

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The Great Lakes- Lake Superior
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Lake Superior

Aerial photo of an island with an abstract art appearance, Lake Superior, Ontario, Canada.

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Lake Superior
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Lake Superior Waterfalls

Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world. In addition to it's wild forests, beautiful rocky beaches, and towering cliffs, there are a great number of waterfalls on or near the shores of Superior.

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Lake Superior Waterfalls
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Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan is the only one of the five Great Lakes entirely located within the borders of the United States. The other four share borders with Canada. That makes it the largest freshwater lake in the country. Its shores along the western coast of Michigan are a huge draw for tourism, due largely in part to its scenic beauty and the number of recreational options it offers.

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Lake Michigan
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Lake Michigan Map

Map of Lake Michigan.It is the second largest of the Great Lakes by volume and the third largest by surface area.

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Lake Michigan Map
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Lake Huron

The second-largest Great Lake, Lake Huron, has a surface area of 23,000 square miles making it the fifth-largest freshwater lake in the world. Its name comes from early French explorers, who dubbed it as Lac des Hurons (Lake of the Huron Indians).

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Lake Huron
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Lake Huron

Lake Huron is one of the five Great Lakes of North America. The name of the lake is derived from early French explorers who named it for the Huron people inhabiting the region.

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Lake Huron
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Lake Erie

Lake Erie is the fourth largest lake of the five Great Lakes in North America, and the thirteenth largest globally. It is the southernmost, shallowest, and smallest by volume of the Great Lakes.

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Lake Erie
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Lake Huron Map

Map of Lake Huron.Lake Huron measures about 206 miles long and 183 miles wide and has nearly 3,200 miles of shoreline.At 579 feet above sea level, it averages 195 feet deep with a maximum depth of 750 feet and has a flushing time of about 22 years. About two-thirds of the lake's 51,700-square-mile watershed is still covered by forests, and the lake contains more than 30,000 islands.

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Lake Huron Map
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Lake Erie

Satellite image for larger view of Lake Erie taken on April 15, 2005, at 12:44 p.m. EDT. Since Lake Erie is the most heavily impacted of the Great Lakes, it posed the most critical subject for the lake-wide scope.

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Lake Erie
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Lake Erie Waterfalls

Lake Erie has a bad reputation for pollution, but it is still a Great Lake and is in much better shape than it used to be. Here is a detailed description of the waterfalls found in the Lake Erie watershed.

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Lake Erie Waterfalls
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Lake Ontario

Lake Ontario is the smallest of the Great Lakes, but it still is a Great Lake, with a surface area of over 7000 square miles. The shores of Ontario are more developed than those of Lake Huron and Lake Superior, but a lot of natural beauty still remains.

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Lake Ontario
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Lake Ontario Lighthouses

The state of New York maintains a wonderful scenic by-way called the Seaway Trail. Along this roadway are many lighthouses, all described in a pamphlet called Seaway Trail Lighthouses,starting to the north of the Niagra Falls area, the first lighthouse along the shores of Lake Ontario is Old Fort Niagara.

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Lake Ontario Lighthouses
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Lake Ontario Waterfalls

The Lake Ontario Watershed includes a good chunk of Southern Ontario and western New York. Many of the waterfalls listed above are a considerable distance from the shores of Ontario, but all the water ends up there eventually.

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Lake Ontario Waterfalls
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