This is a shared email from my friend Tim ~ interesting facts of our Great Lake Superior. If you look at the map and find the city of Ashland ... I'm located 60 miles directly south :)
Why it's called Lake
Pretty amazing..... Did you realize
how big this lake is?
LAKE SUPERIOR FACTS
Lake Superior contains ten percent
of all the fresh
water on the planet Earth.
It covers 82,000 square kilometers
or 31,700 square miles.
The average depth is 147 meters or
There have been about 350 shipwrecks
recorded in Lake Superior
Lake Superior is, by surface area,
the largest lake in the world.
A Jesuit priest in 1668 named it Lac Tracy, but that name
was never officially adopted.
It contains as much water as all the other Great
combined, plus three extra Lake Erie's!!
There is a small outflow from the lake at St. Mary's
(Sault Ste Marie) into Lake Huron, but it takes almost
two centuries for the water to be completely replaced.
There is enough water in Lake Superior to cover all
of North and
South America with water one foot deep.
Lake Superior was formed during the last glacial
retreat, making it one
of the earth's youngest major features at only about 10,000 years old.
The deepest point in the lake is 405 meters or 1,333
There are 78 different species of fish that call
the big lake home.
The maximum wave ever recorded on Lake Superior was
or 31 feet high.
If you stretched the shoreline of Lake Superior out
to a straight
line, it would be long enough to reach from Duluth to the Bahamas .
Over 300 streams and rivers empty into Lake Superior
largest source being the Nipigon River
The average underwater visibility of Lake Superior
is about 8 meters
or 27 feet, making it the cleanest and clearest of the Great Lakes .
Underwater visibility in some spots reaches 30 meters.
In the summer, the sun sets more than 35 minutes
later on the
western shore of Lake Superior than at its southeastern edge.
Some of the world's oldest rocks, formed about 2.7
years ago, can be found on the Ontario shore of Lake Superior ..
It very rarely freezes over completely, and then
usually just for a few
hours. Complete freezing occurred in 1962, 1979, 2003 and 2009.
The Ojibwe call the lake Gichigami, meaning "big water." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the name as "Gitche Gumee" in The Song of Hiawatha, as did Gordon Lightfoot in his song, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald".
Until next time ...
So it goes in my neck of the woods.