Lake Superior
this is the shore of Whitefish Bay in early May (37k)
Superlatives:
area, km2:
82 100
volume, km3:
12 230
maximum depth, m:
407
elevation, m asl:
183
watershed, km2:
127 700
shoreline, km:
4 385
length, km:
563
width max, km:
259
age in years:
10 000
watershed population:
474 000 (USA)
156 000 (Canada)
replacement time:
191
mictism:
monomictic (rarey dimictic)
trophism:
oligotrophic

   -the most expansive lake in the world. Its cold horizons crown the glaciated lands of North America, over some of the oldest and most beautiful rocks known. It has been central to human cultures for thousands of years, influences all aspects of nature around it, and has an intrinsic dignity beyond human perception.

   The world is wonderful.
   Here we are already in the Fur Countries; the land of voyageurs and trappers; not from any accident, but from the character of the soil and climate. Unless the mines should attract and support a population, one sees not how this region should ever be inhabited.
   -Louis Agassiz (Lake Superior, 1850)
    Those who have never seen Superior get an inadequate idea by hearing it spoken of as a lake. Superior is a sea. It breeds storms and rain and fog like a sea. It is cold, masterful, and dreaded.
    -Rev. George Grant, 1872
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