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Lake Superior is a lake of superlatives. The largest of the five Great Lakes, it is also the largest body of fresh water on the globe. It exceeds its nearest rival, Lake Victoria in Africa, by about 5,000 square miles (12,950 square kilometers). It has a surface area of 31,700 square miles (82,103 square kilometers), and has a maximum depth of 1,333 feet (406 meters). It contains 2,935 cubic miles (12,234 cubic kilometers) of water, enough to sustain the flow of Niagara Falls for more than 100 years, and enough to contain all of the other Great Lakes plus three more lakes the size of Lake Erie.

Lake Superior is also one of the most violent bodies of water in the world. Winter storms cause gigantic waves that have sunk scores of ships. Numerous shipwrecks are protected in bottomland preserves, and are accessible to recreational divers.

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  • Updated Feb 5, 2005
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