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Chicago and Snowfall by Shores of Lake Michigan, USA

41.8N 87.6W

February 14th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Sediments

USA - January 4th, 2012

Sediments line the southern shores of Lake Michigan, one of the North American Great Lakes, USA. The land to the east is dusted with snow, while that to the west, including the city of Chicago visible along the southwestern part of the lake’s shoreline, is snow free.

Lake Michigan is the only one of the Great Lakes wholly within the borders of the United States; the others are shared with Canada. It has a surface area of 22,400 square miles (58,000 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. The lake’s average depth is 46 fathoms 3 feet (279 ft; 85 m), while its greatest depth is 153 fathoms 5 feet (923 ft; 281 m). It contains a volume of 1,180 cubic miles (4,918 km³) of water.

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