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Sediments in Lakes Huron, Erie and St. Clair, USA and Canada – January 6th, 2012

42.4N 82.6W

January 6th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

USA and Canada - December 26th, 2011

This image shows two of the five North American Great Lakes: Lake Erie (below) and Lake Huron (above). Between the two is Lake St. Clair, part of the Great Lakes system but not actually considered one of the Great Lakes.

Lake Erie is clouded by tan sediments, concentrated primarily along the shores and in the western section. Lake St. Clair also shows many sediments in its waters, particularly the section portion. Lake Huron is mostly sediment free, particularly in the northern reaches (visible in the full image),  although some can be seen lining the southern shorelines and in Saginaw Bay, to the southwest.

Sediments by Southern Shores of Lakes Michigan and Huron – October 25th, 2011

42.8N 87.3W

October 25th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Sediments

USA - October 24th, 2011

Sediments line the southern shorelines of Lakes Michigan (left) and Huron (right), near the USA-Canada border. Lake Michigan is the only one of the Great Lakes wholly within the borders of the United States; the others are shared with Canada.

Lake Michigan has a surface area of 22,400 square miles (58,000 km2) (58,016 km²), making it the largest lake entirely within one country by surface area, and the fifth largest lake in the world. It is 307 miles (494 km) long by 118 miles (190 km) wide with a shoreline 1,640 miles (2,640 km) long.

Lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron in USA and Canada – August 3rd, 2010

46.3N 84.6W

August 3rd, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

USA - July 4th, 2010

USA - July 4th, 2010

Three of North America’s Great Lakes dominate this image: Lake Superior (upper left), Lake Michigan (center) and Lake Huron (right). Part of Lake Eerie can also be seen (lower right). The lakes appear dark blue with an odd golden sheen caused by some sun glint.

Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are connected by the Straits of Mackinac. Moving further east, Lake Huron’s large Georgian Bay is visible in the upper right corner. The bay is located in Ontario, Canada, and its main body lies east of the Bruce Peninsula and Manitoulin Island.

Lake St. Clair Between Lakes Huron and Erie on the USA-Canada Border – November 21st, 2009

42.4N 82.6W

November 21st, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

USA - November 8th, 2009

USA - November 8th, 2009

Lying near the center of this image is Lake St. Clair, between Lake Huron to the north and Lake Erie to the south. It is connected to the former by the St. Clair River, and to the latter by the Detriot River.

West of the lake is the state of Michigan, USA, while to the east lies the Canadian province of Ontario. The city of Detroit, USA, and its extensive suburbs can be seen on the western shores of the Detroit River, while the city of Windsor lies on the eastern shores in Canada.

The lake is part of the Great Lakes system, although it is rarely counted as one of the Great Lakes. Here, Lakes St. Clair and Erie appear bluish-green and clouded with light tan sediments. Lake Huron, on the other hand, appears dark blue except for a small area framing its southern shores.

Great Lakes of North America – July 12th, 2011

46.2N 85W

July 12th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

USA - July 4th, 2011

Green vegetation surrounds the North American Great Lakes in this summer image of the United States of America and Canada. They consist of Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario (from left to right).

Together, they form the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth by total surface area, at 208,610 km2 (80,545 sq mi). Total volume is 22,560 km3 (5,412 cu mi). Here, they appear mostly sediment free, although some greenish sediments can be seen by the northern coast of Lake Erie.