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:There are a variety of animals that live near or on the Nile River, including the Nile crocodile, hippopotamus, rhinoceros, monitor lizard, perch, catfish, red-billed ibis and the pied kingfisher. The animal most synonymous with the Nile Rive may be the Nile crocodile.
A:There are over 30 rivers in the United States that flow north, and over 60 throughout the entire world. The Nile, which is the longest river on Earth, is arguably the most famous river that flows in a northerly direction.
A:The shallowest ocean in the world is the Arctic Ocean. It has an average depth of 3,407 feet. The Arctic Ocean is the smallest of the Earth's oceans and covers about 3 percent of the world's surface area.
A:The name of the ocean that surrounded Pangaea was called "Panthalassa." The supercontinent of Pangaea was completely formed around 270 million years ago, and Panthalassa was the global ocean that surrounded this land mass.
A:The most common theory about the name of the Black Sea is that, due to the inhospitable growth environment and lack of oxygen, the water appears dark. Other theories include shipwrecks and a Turkish homonym.
A:The Arctic Ocean is the smallest ocean in the world and is about 8 percent of the size of the Pacific Ocean. Its water is consistently cold with temperatures ranging between minus 30 to minus 70 degrees Celsius throughout the year. When the icy water turns into an ice sheet, it forms a mass that is four times the size of Texas.
A:Eight United States states border the Great Lakes, which are Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York, along with one Canadian province: Ontario. The five bodies of water that make up the Great Lakes are Lake Superior, Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan and Lake Ontario.
A:Another word for a small river or stream is “brook.” Creek and rivulet also have a similar meaning. Most of the creeks, brooks and rivulets are found at the source of large rivers and in mountainous terrain. The waters of a brook or a rivulet appear clear and pollutant free.
A:The Bermuda Triangle, or Devil's Triangle, comprises a total area of about 500,000 square miles off the southeastern edge of Florida. The Bermuda Triangle is a mythical part of the Atlantic Ocean, formed by Miami, Fla., Bermuda and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
A:The smallest ocean in the world is the Arctic Ocean. Located in the northern polar region, this ocean covers approximately 5.4 million square miles. Countries that border this ocean include Canada, Greenland, Russia, Norway and the United States through Alaska's coastline.
A:People use rivers for transportation and as a source of natural resources. For example, people draw water from rivers to fulfill their drinking, bathing, irrigation, cooking and industrial needs. People also harvest fish, shellfish, mollusks, ducks and other food animals from rivers.
A:The Danube River flows through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine. Its headwaters begin with the confluence of the Brigach and Breg rivers in the town of Donaueschingen in western Germany's mountainous Black Forest region and empties into the Black Sea at the Danube Delta in western Ukraine.
A:Bodies of water in the Middle East include the Amu Darya River, Euphrates River, Indus River, Tigris River, Persian Gulf and Nile River. The largest lake in the Middle East is Lake Urmia in northwest Iran, which has a surface area of 2,000 square miles and a maximum depth of 52 feet.
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 names of the five Great Lakes are Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. The Great Lakes are the largest surface freshwater systems on Earth and contain roughly 21 percent of the world water supply.
A:Some major peninsulas in the United States are the Florida Peninsula, Alaska Peninsula, Cape May Peninsula and Rockaway Peninsula. Peninsulas along the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia include Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck and Virginia Peninsula.
A:Because they are caused by a reduction in the normal amount of rainfall a region receives, droughts can occur anywhere on the planet. For example, some parts of the Amazon River basin were struck by drought in 2005. However, some places do are more susceptible to droughts than others, such as California, the southeastern United States, sub-Saharan Africa and Australia, which have all experienced numerous droughts.