25 Crazy Things You Would Never Have Guessed About The Great Lakes

Together, the Great Lakes—Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario—make up the largest body of fresh water on Earth, accounting for one-fifth of the freshwater surface on the planet at six quadrillion gallons, while the total area of the Great Lakes is 95,160 square miles. However, most of the aforementioned statistics are known to most people and with this list we intend to present facts about the Great Lakes most people have never heard before. So, are you ready to learn all the fascinating things surrounding the world’s most famous and biggest group of interconnected freshwater lakes?

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The lakes are on the U.S.-Canada border, touching Ontario in Canada and the states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York in the United States.

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It has been claimed that if someone hypothetically built a barrier surrounding the forty-eight continental states and poured the water from the five lakes into it, it would create a swimming pool over nine feet deep across the entire area.

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About thirty-four million people in the United States and Canada live in the Great Lakes basin.

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More than 3,500 species of plants and animals inhabit the Great Lakes basin, including 170-plus species of fish.

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Lake Superior is easily the biggest of all the Great Lakes despite behaving more like an inland sea than a lake.

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