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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.”

Saint-Jean Lake and Saint Lawrence Estuary, Canada – May 24th, 2011

47.9N 68.8W

May 24th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Canada - May 1st, 2011

The Saint Lawrence River can be seen here, traversing the Canadian province of Quebec. Sediments drain from the river into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, one of the largest estuaries in the world.

Another river, the Saguenay River, can be seen draining into the estuary from Saint-Jean Lake, a large, relatively shallow lake in the Laurentian Highlands of south-central Quebec. The lake, which is frozen in this image, covers an area of 1003 km² (387 sq. mi.), and is 63 metres (207 ft) at its deepest point.

Another frozen lake, the ring-shaped Manicouagan Reservoir, can also be observed near the top edge, covering an area of 1,942 km². The lake’s distinct annular shape is because it lies within the remnant of an ancient eroded impact crate.