The Great Lakes are important because they contain 20 percent of the world's fresh water and exhibit tremendous biodiversity. They are also a vital water source and play an important role in transportation and the U.S. and Canadian economies.
A:The Red Sea got its name from the red bacteria that inhabit the top of the water. It could also be called this because of the people who used to inhabit its shores and because of the direction that it is in relation to an old Mediterranean way of identifying directions.
A:While the seas of the world are technically all connected into one global ocean, they are commonly divided geographically into five main oceans. These are the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic and Antarctic Oceans.
A:The Dead Sea is almost 10 times saltier than the ocean because of its lack of adequate drainage. It, and the other salty seas such as the Great Salt Lake and the Salton Sea, receives river water that is only slightly salty, but it lacks an outlet that would permit the water to escape its basin. This concentrates dissolved salts in an effect known as a sump.
A:The Sea of Japan is located between Japan and Korea, along the northeast section of the continent of Asia. It is separated by the Tsushima and Korea Straights to the south near the East China Sea and by the Tatar Straights to the north from the Sea of Okhotsk.
A:The depth of the Missouri River is between 10 and 20 feet, depending on the specific area. It is the longest river in the United States and covers 2,540 miles. The Mississippi River is the second longest river in the United states at 2,340 miles.
A:The Amazon River flows through the countries of Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil. The Amazon River spans over 4,000 miles and has a width of up to 120 miles during the wet season. The Amazon River is the second longest river in the world.
A:The Erie Canal connects the Hudson River at Albany, N.Y. with Lake Erie at Buffalo, N.Y. The canal was constructed to provide a navigable water route from the Atlantic Ocean and New York City to the Great Lakes.
A:While there are technically only five oceans in the world, the term "seven seas" was coined in ancient literature and divided the oceans into the Arctic, North Atlantic, South Atlantic, North Pacific, South Pacific, Indian and Southern Oceans. As of 2014, the five named oceans include the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic and Antarctic Oceans, and the term "seven seas" is no longer widely used.
A:The main difference between a canal and a river is that a river is a natural flow of water while a canal is man-made. A river by definition flows from inland into the sea while a canal is most often constructed to connect existing rivers, lakes or oceans.
A:Rivers are the primary body of water found in tropical rainforests. Many rainforests feature one large river that feeds the entire ecosystem and many smaller rivers that drain into the major water body, such as the Amazon river and its many tributaries.
A:Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, Lake Superior and Lake Ontario, otherwise known as the Great Lakes of North America, are located in the northern United States near the Canadian border. Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Ontario all have Great Lakes coastline.
A:Without considering oceans, the largest sea in the world is the Philippine Sea, with an area of about 2 million square miles. It borders the Philippines, Japan, the Marianas Islands and Taiwan. If the term "sea" includes oceans, the largest sea is the Pacific Ocean at 64.19 million square miles.
A:The maximum depth of Lake Michigan is approximately 925 feet, and the average depth is 279 feet, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Lake Michigan is the third largest Great Lake, stretching 321 miles long and 118 miles wide.
A:The White Nile, considered the primary source of the Nile River, starts at Lake No located in South Sudan. Some people consider Lake Victoria, the rivers that drain from it and feed into the White Nile the start of the Nile instead. Most of the water comes from the Blue Nile, along with most of the fertile soil.
A:Cold water currents start near the North and South Poles. Currents originating near the North Pole travel south through the Atlantic Ocean, gradually growing warmer until they reach Antarctica, where they become cold again. Near Antarctica, these currents split, with one going to the Indian Ocean and the other to the Pacific, again becoming warmer. These currents loop back to the Atlantic Ocean and head north toward the Arctic.
A:The main difference between a geyser and a hot spring is that a geyser is plugged with an obstruction near the opening of the spout and a hot spring is allowed to flow freely. Both geysers and hot springs get their water from rain and snow that melts and seeps into the ground, which is then heated by magma.