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The Great Lakes

So you want to know about the Great Lakes?

I'm going to start off pretty low level for people who don't live near the Great Lakes, and then I'll get more detailed for people who know about them, but want to know more.

First of all, the term "Great Lakes" refers to a chain of five lakes:

  • Lake Superior
  • Lake Michigan
  • Lake Huron
  • Lake Erie
  • Lake Ontario.

You can also use the word HOMES to remember the names of the five Great Lakes Huron Ontario Michigan Erie Superior.

Great Lakes Waterflow
Water flows from Superior, to Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, through little Lake St. Clair, to Lake Erie and then down Niagara Falls to Lake Ontario. Water then flows through the St. Lawrence Seaway all the way out to the Atlantic Ocean.

Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are technically, hydrologically One Lake. More and more often you may encounter the name Lake Michigan-Huron when people talk about the Great Lakes.

  • The Great Lakes contain over six quadrillion gallons of water. That's 6,000,000,000,000,000 gallons: enough to sink the entire continental United States under eight feet of water.
  • The Great Lakes contain over 20% of the world's supply of above ground freshwater.

Further information can be found on the page called My lake has singing sands.