These large lakes have not been formed like those of normal size. Scientists have concluded that they formed about 13,000 years ago, after the last Ice Age. The large amount of ice from the mountain glaciers formed enough streams of surface current that led to a land with greater depression. In this case, to form a basin where the land is inclined in favor of water storage, what we know today as Great Lake could be formed.
Among the 5 lakes cover a total area of 244,160 square kilometers. This amount of water corresponds to 21% of the total fresh water in the world. This fact makes us think about the importance of these lakes not only for the natural ecosystem, but also for the human being as well.
Although we name these lakes as separate entities, being formed on the same continent and not so separated from each other, they remain interconnected with each other. In this way, they are creating a continuous stream of fresh water that encourages the proliferation of natural ecosystems, with good vegetation and associated fauna. In addition, in ancient times it contributed a lot to the formation of counties and civilizations that settled around these large bodies of continental water.
The names of these lakes are Huron, Superior, Ontario, Michigan and Erie. All are between Canada and the United States. They are perfect for generating natural environments and potentially sustainable and economically interesting tourist activities. In addition, for travelers and tourists, these Great Lake are a good option to take a great vacation or a well-deserved rest.
This lake is the smallest of the 5. However, it is not necessary to rush with a small word, since if we compare it with a conventional one, it is huge. It is the one that is most affected by the activities of man. It is located around urbanizations and agricultural activities. This action of man causes the lake to receive certain environmental impacts that threaten its degradation.
It is not as deep as the rest of the Great Lakes and, therefore, warms more in summer and spring. On the contrary, in winter we can find it completely frozen. Thanks to the fertility of the soils that are located around the lake, agriculture can be exploited. However, these activities generate certain impacts on the water and soil, generating pollution that degrades the lake.
Its extension covers towns such as Ohio, New York, Ontario, Indiana and Pennsylvania.
This lake is the third largest compared to the rest. It is connected to Lake Michigan through a hydraulic space known as the Straits of Mackinac. It is a place with quite a tourist attraction since it has sandy beaches and rocks with a large area.
Its extension covers towns such as Michigan and Ontario. The main tributary of this lake is the Saginaw River.