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A database referring to large standing bodies of fresh water in a basin. A lake is apart from rivers or streams that serve to fill or drain the lake.

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Lake Ontario

Water bodies; Lakes

The smallest and most easterly of the Great Lakes of North America. It is bounded on the north by Ontario (Can. ) and on the south by New York (U. S. ). The lake is roughly elliptical; its major ...

Lake Winnipeg

Water bodies; Lakes

The lake is in the south-central Manitoba, Canada, at the southwestern edge of the Canadian Shield, the rocky, glaciated region of eastern Canada. Fed by many rivers, including the Saskatchewan, Red, ...

Lake Erie

Water bodies; Lakes

The fourth largest of the five Great Lakes of North America. It is the southernmost, shallowest, and smallest by volume of the Great Lakes and therefore also has the shortest average water residence ...

Great Slave

Water bodies; Lakes

The lake is located in east-central Fort Smith region, Northwest Territories, Canada, near the Alberta border. It was named for the Slave Indians. The lake was visited in 1771 by the English explorer ...

Great Bear Lake

Water bodies; Lakes

The lake, in northern Fort Smith region and southeastern Inuvik region, Northwest Territories, Canada, lying astride the Arctic Circle. Irregular in shape and containing many small islands, Great ...

Lake Baikal

Water bodies; Lakes

The lake located in the southern part of eastern Siberia within the republic of Buryatia and Irkutsk oblast (province) of Russia. It is the oldest existing freshwater lake on Earth (20–25 million ...

Lake Tanganyika

Water bodies; Lakes

The second largest of the lakes of eastern Africa. It is the longest freshwater lake in the world (410 miles (660 km)) and the second deepest (4,710 feet (1,436 m)) after Lake Baikal in Russia. ...

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