Why It’s Called Lake Superior

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�   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 483 feet.
�  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 Lakes combined, plus three extra Lake Erie ‘s!!
�  There is a small outflow from the lake at St. Mary’s River (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 feet.
�  There are 78 different species of fish that call the big lake home.
�  The maximum wave ever recorded on Lake Superior was 9.45 meters 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 with the 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 .
�  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 billion 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.

Thanks Gene

9 thoughts on “Why It’s Called Lake Superior”

  1. Lake Superior is, by surface area, the largest FRESH WATER lake in the world. The Caspian Sea is, by definition, a “lake” as it is surrounded on all sides by land, but it is “brackish”, whereas Superior is fresh. Other than that tiny minor adjustment: fascinating!

  2. I was in Duluth and Two Harbors (north shore Minnesota) last week. It was gorgeous. We went to the beach in Duluth, which was full of ice flows. Pretty odd beach for this this SoCal boy.


  3. One of the more memborable motorcycle trips was one around this “Great Lake”. Some great riding. Thanks for the info.

  4. It’s pretty awesome when it freezes over, even if it rarely completely freezes. Even more awesome is when it’s thick at the shoreline and it starts to snap when it starts to warm up in spring (or as some here call it, late winter). It doesn’t do that very often and the first time it happened when I was walking nearby, I thought it was a nearby gunshot. But after having heard it several times, I look forward to seeing or hearing it happen; it’s a much different sound once you know what it is.

  5. I’ve driven x-Canada a few times, what impressed me was: A lake with a horizon. And that is less than 5% of the width. Viewed it from the Terry Fox monument. Emotional and exalting at the same time.

  6. My wife and I rent a home on Superior near Silver City (Michigan) in the summer. We kayak out to a shipwreck about 300 yards off shore. Water is so clear you can count the ribs in the ship and it’s about 50 feet down. Beautiful lake.

  7. I used to water ski in Sault Ste. Marie in their summer (2 weeks in August) and the water temperature below the top 6 inches will keep you up on those skis til the boat runs out of gas.

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