Lake Erie in October

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This is how Lake Erie looked last weekend when I was looking for sea glass. Menacing.

The good thing about all this wave action is that it brought up some nice pieces of glass.

Facts about Lake Erie: (From here)

LENGTH:  241 miles / 388 km
BREADTH:  57 miles / 92 km
AVERAGE DEPTH:  62 ft. / 19 m.
MAXIMUM DEPTH:  210 ft. / 64 m.
VOLUME:  116 cubic miles / 484 cubic km.
WATER SURFACE AREA:  9,910 sq. miles / 25,700 sq. km.
TOTAL DRAINAGE BASIN AREA:  30,140 sq. miles / 78,000 sq. km.


    Indiana: 1300 sq mi; 3300 sq km
    Michigan: 5800 sq mi; 15,100 sq km
    New York: 1600 sq mi; 4200 sq km
    Ohio: 11,700 sq mi; 30,400 sq km
    Ontario: 8800 sq mi; 22,800 sq km
    Pennsylvania: 500 sq mi; 1400 sq km

SHORELINE LENGTH (including islands):  871 miles / 1,402 km.
ELEVATION:  569 ft. / 173 m.
OUTLET:  Niagara River and Welland Canal
RETENTION/REPLACEMENT TIME:  2.6 years (shortest of the Great Lakes)
NAME:  The greater part of its southern shore was at one time occupied by a nation known to the Iroquois League as the “Erielhonan,” or the “long-tails,” a tribe of Indians from which the lake derived its name. This name is always mentioned by the early French writers as meaning “cat”; Lac du Chat means “Lake of the Cat.” Many attribute this reference to the wild cat or panther.
References: Great Lakes Atlas, Environment Canada and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1995

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