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Uniquely Shaped Lakes in Canada – June 13th, 2012

51.2N 68.2W

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.”

Manicouagan Reservoir and Gulf of Saint Lawrence, Canada – March 28th, 2011

49.5N 66.8W

March 28th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Canada - March 25th, 2011

Snow dusts the landscape of southeastern Quebec, Canada, both north and south of the Saint Lawrence River (left edge) and Gulf of Saint Lawrence (top center, right). In the full image, part of the northeastern United States is visible as well. States such as Massachusetts and Rhode Island are snow-free.

The white circle in the upper left corner is the frozen Manicouagan Reservoir, sometimes called “The Eye of Quebec” due to its ring shape. It has this unusual shape because the lake lies in the remnants of an ancient, eroded impact crater from an asteroid.

Circular Manicouagan Reservoir, the “Eye of Quebec”, Canada

51.3N 68.6W

January 28th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Canada - January 17th, 2011

The circular shape occupying this image is the Manicouagan Reservoir, a lake in central Quebec, Canada. The lake has a distinctive ring shape because it lies within the remnants of an ancient eroded impact crater (astrobleme).

Due to shape it is sometimes called “The Eye of Quebec”. Here, most of the lake is frozen and thus appears white, although a section on the eastern side is mostly ice-free.