A frozen Lake Erie in February • Earth.comA frozen Lake Erie in February

Last update: July 13th, 2020 at 8:00 pm

A frozen Lake Erie in February Today’s Image of the Day comes from the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at a frozen Lake Erie, which is currently 93.3 percent iced over. A frozen Lake Erie in February

This false-color image was created using data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on board the Aqua satellite to differentiate between snow, ice, and clouds.

Lake Erie /ˈɪəri/ (French: Lac Érié) is the fourth-largest lake (by surface area) of the five Great Lakes in North America, and the eleventh-largest globally if measured in terms of surface area.It is the southernmost, shallowest, and smallest by volume of the Great Lakes and therefore also has the shortest average water residence time. At its deepest point Lake Erie is 210 feet (64 metres) deep.

Situated on the International Boundary between Canada and the United States, Lake Erie’s northern shore is the Canadian province of Ontario, specifically the Ontario Peninsula, with the U.S. states of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York on its western, southern, and eastern shores. These jurisdictions divide the surface area of the lake with water boundaries.

The lake was named by the Erie people, a Native American people who lived along its southern shore. The tribal name “erie” is a shortened form of the Iroquoian word erielhonan, meaning long tail

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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