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Uniquely Shaped Lakes in Canada – June 13th, 2012

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June 13th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Canada - June 1st, 2012

Several interesting bodies of water in Quebec, Canada can be observed in this image. Crossing the image from the bottom left to the center right is the Saint Lawrence River, which empties into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, the world’s largest estuary. It is the outlet of North America’s Great Lakes via the Saint Lawrence River into the Atlantic Ocean. It is a semi–enclosed sea, covering an area of about 236,000 km2 (91,000 sq mi) and containing 35,000 km3 (7.7×1015 imp gal) of water.

The oval lake to the west of the estuary is Lac Saint-Jean, a large, relatively shallow body of water in south-central Quebec, in the Laurentian Highlands. It is situated 206 kilometres north of the Saint Lawrence River, into which it drains via the Saguenay River.

Northwest of Lac Saint-Jean, in the upper left corner, is the elongated Lake Mistassini, the largest natural lake by surface area in the province of Quebec, with a total surface area of approximately 2,335 km² and a net area (water surface area only) of 2,164 km².

Finally, visible in the upper right corner is another interestingly-shaped body of water: Manicouagan Reservoir, an annular lake in central Quebec. The lake and island are sometimes called the “eye of Quebec.”

One Response to “Uniquely Shaped Lakes in Canada – June 13th, 2012”

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    Kim Partington:

    Luca – this is really nice, keep up the great work, and good luck with GMES masters.

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