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The Great Lakes of North America

12-04-2021

The Great Lakes of North America 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. A natural border between the American State of Michigan and the Canadian province of Ontario, Lake Huron is one of the five American Great Lakes and one of the largest freshwater lakes. The largest of the Great Lakes is also America’s largest lake and the world’s largest by surface area. As shown above in the video of The Great Lakes of North America is showing the span of 750 miles from east to west, form the largest fresh water system on Earth.

Video Credit: ESA 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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