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Lake Huron, USA, Canada

April 10th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Lake Huron, bounded on the west by Michigan and on the east by Ontario, is one of the five Great Lakes of North America.

The name of the lake is derived from early French explorers who named it based on the Huron people inhabiting the region.

Lake Huron (45°00’N 83°00’W) is the second-largest of the Great Lakes, with a surface area of 23,000 sq mi (59,600 sq km)--nearly the size of West Virginia, making it the third largest fresh water lake on earth (4th if you include the Caspian Sea). It contains a volume of 850 cubic mi (3,540 cubic km), and a shoreline length of 3,827 mi (6,157 km).

The surface of Lake Huron is 577 ft (176 m) above sea level. The lake's average depth is 195 ft (59 m), while the maximum depth is 750 ft (229 m). It has a length of 206 mi (332 km) and a breadth of 183 mi (245 km). It contains 850 cubic miles (3,538 cubic km) of water.

Major cities on Lake Huron include: Saginaw, Michigan; Bay City, Michigan; Alpena, Michigan; Cheboygan, Michigan; St. Ignace, Michigan; Port Huron, Michigan; Goderich, Ontario; and Sarnia, Ontario.

A notable feature of the lake is Manitoulin Island, the world's largest lake island.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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