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How Much Water Is in Lake Superior?

Lake Superior, one of the five Great Lakes in North America, has a surface area of 31,700 square miles (82,100 square km), more than any other freshwater lake in the world. The volume of water in the lake — 2,934 cubic miles (12,229 cubic km) — is enough to submerge both North America and South America to a depth of almost 1 foot (about 30 cm), but it is only the world's fourth-largest lake by volume.

More facts about Lake Superior:

  • Lake Superior contains 10% of all of the world’s freshwater and is approximately the size of the state of South Carolina.
  • An estimated 3.5 million tourists visit the Lake Superior area each year.
  • Lake Superior is considered ultra-oligotrophic, which means that it has little to no production of algae or aquatic plants. This contributes to the lack of nutrients in its soil and a limited fish population. It is, however, one of the cleanest lakes in the world.
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Allison Boelcke, a digital marketing manager and freelance writer, helps businesses create compelling content to connect with their target markets and drive results. With a degree in English, she combines her writing skills with marketing expertise to craft engaging content that gets noticed and leads to website traffic and conversions. Her ability to understand and connect with target audiences makes her a valuable asset to any content creation team.
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Allison Boelcke
Allison Boelcke
Allison Boelcke, a digital marketing manager and freelance writer, helps businesses create compelling content to connect with their target markets and drive results. With a degree in English, she combines her writing skills with marketing expertise to craft engaging content that gets noticed and leads to website traffic and conversions. Her ability to understand and connect with target audiences makes her a valuable asset to any content creation team.
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