The Great Lakes of North America • Earth.com

The Great Lakes of North America

07-18-2022

Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency features the Great Lakes – Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario – captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission. 

According to ESA, the lakes represent the largest surface of freshwater in the world with a combined area of around 244,000 square kilometers, covering an area larger than the United Kingdom.

The lakes were formed around 100,000 years ago, when a massive ice sheet and giant glaciers transformed the landscape across most of Canada and part of the United States. As the ice melted, holes left behind from glaciers filled with meltwater and formed thousands of lakes.

Huron is one of the five American great lakes and one of the largest freshwater lakes. It forms a natural border between the American state of Michigan and the Canadian province of Ontario.

Video Credit: ESA 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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