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Monthly Archives: February 2017

5 Great Lakes Fact Sheet

The Great Lakes is the largest group of freshwater lakes on the planet, with a total surface area of 80,545 mi2 and total volume of 5,412 mi3. Around 21 percent of the total freshwater available on the surface of our planet is stored in these lakes, which makes them very important for the Great Lakes Region. More of such interesting facts about the geography of the Great Lakes are given below.

What are the Names of the 5 Great Lakes?

The Great Lakes have 9,402-mi long shoreline and a catchment area of 295,200 sq mi. Other than the 5 lakes, the Great Lakes Region also has several small lakes and around 35,000 small islands to its credit. The 5 major lakes, which are also referred to as the 5 Great Lakes of USA and Canada, are the Superior, Huron, Michigan, Eerie, and Ontario.

Lake Superior is the largest of the 5 major lakes, with a total surface area of 31,700 mi2 and total volume of 2,934 mi3. It has an average depth 489 ft., with its deepest point at 1,335 ft.

Lake Huron is the second largest of these lakes, but has the longest shoreline of the five (including the 30,000 islands in it). It has a total surface area of 22,973 mi2 and total volume of 850 mi3. While its average depth is 194 ft., the deepest point of lake Huron is 748 ft.

Lake Michigan is the third largest of these five lakes with a total surface area of 22,278 mi2 and total volume of 1,180 mi3. The average depth of lake Michigan is 279 ft., while its maximum depth is 925 ft.

Lake Eerie ranks fourth in terms of size. It also holds the distinction of being the warmest as well as the shallowest lake (with an average depth of 62 ft. and maximum depth of 210 ft.) of the lot. Its total surface area is 9,906 mi2, while its total volume is 116 mi2.

Lake Ontario is the smallest of the five North American lakes, with a total surface area of 7,340 mi2. Its total volume is 393 mi3. In terms of depth, Lake Ontario has an average depth of 282 ft. and maximum depth of 804 ft.

As Huron and Michigan are joined by the 5-mile wide Strait of Mackinac, they are at times considered a single water body and referred to as Lake Huron-Michigan. Going by this stipulation, Lake Huron-Michigan becomes the world’s largest freshwater lake with a total surface area of 45,300 mi2.

How Were These Lakes Formed?

The 5 Great Lakes were formed during the last ice age when whole of Canada and parts of northern United States were covered by the Laurentide ice sheet. As the ice sheet started receding, it pushed against the land and made huge hollow spaces in the Earth’s crust. The water left behind as a result of glacier melting, filled these hollow spaces and resulted in their formation. That being said, some experts in the field of geology are of the opinion that the actual base for the formation of these lakes was laid billions of years ago, with the formation of the Midcontinent Rift as a result of tectonic movement.

Lake Champlain (located within the US territories) was included as the sixth lake in the Great Lakes by the US administration for a brief period, but the decision was reverted following the outcry from the Canadian media. The existence of these lakes is a boon for various territories of the United States and Canada, as it provides drinking water to thousands of people from this region, facilitates fishing, and forms the backbone of water transport.

Facts about Tower Bridge

Along with the Kensington palace, British museum, Westminster bridge, the London bridge, etc., the tower bridge is also one of the best places to visit in London. Here are some interesting facts that you will love reading:

  • The tower bridge in London is one of the most popular bascule bridges in the world. A bascule bridge is the one that is made of two parts and can be opened exactly in the center. The London bridge is also a bascule bridge, and therefore, one may often get confused between the two famous bridges.
  • The construction of the bridge started in the year 1886 and was completed, after eight years, in 1894. 11,000 tones of steel was used for the construction of this bridge.
  • The total length of Tower Bridge is 244 m. It is divided into three spans and the longest span of the bridge is about 61 m
  • The bridge connects the Tower Bridge Approach, which is on the north bank of Thames with Tower Bridge Road, which is one the south bank of the river.
  • According to the history of this structure, the design of Sir Horace Jones was selected from among 50 designs for the bridge. Sir Jones’ engineer Sir John Wolfe Barry, designed the bascule bridge.
  • Being one of the best London’s bridges, from the walkways of the tower bridge, one will find beautiful views of the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, Maritime Greenwich, and Canary Wharf.
  • The high level walkways were originally built for people to cross the river even if the bridge was raised.
  • However, these walkways were closed due to increased rates of suicides, robbery on the bridge.
  • The Tower Bridge Exhibition was opened in 1982 (and re-opened in 2002). One will find the entire story of the construction of the bridge in this exhibition. According to tower bridge facts, the walkways on the bridge can be rented for parties and private events.
  • Before the opening of this bridge, a pedestrian tunnel, situated below the Thames was used. This tunnel has turned into a passage for telecommunication cables since then.
  • There have been some accidental mishaps due to the bascule structure of the bridge. In the year 1952, a bus had to leap from one leaf to the other as it was caught on the road just when the bridge began to rise.
  • Similarly, in the year 1997, the motorcade of President Clinton (when on a tour to England) was divided into half as the bridge started to rise for a ship to pass.

Places having Warm Climate

Grand Bay, Mauritius
Located to the east of Madagascar, Mauritius is an excellent tourist destination. Surrounded by beaches and oceans, it attracts millions of tourists during winters. Grand Bay is a tourist village that has recently bloomed, and it is located on the northern side of the Island. The beach has been named after the village, and offers ample sources of amusement to tourists. If you have planned to stay at this place for a weekend getaway, then do not forget to enjoy the sea food of Thai, Spanish and Mauritian origin. While heading towards Mauritius, you can also plan a trip to Blue Bay, Le Morne and Tamarin. The city has great historical places that are worth seeing.

Pattaya Beach, Bangkok
Bangkok abounds with scenic beauty and is the perfect abode for nature lovers. You can spend your entire winter vacation along the coastal areas of the Pattaya beach. The limpid sea has many attractions to offer, and you can relax on the beach for a couple of days. Visit the islands Khao Sam Muk and Ko Sichang, that are located within a few kilometers from Pattaya beach. Exploring Bangkok in a short period is almost impossible, because the entire city is full of beautiful tourists spots. The Elephant Show in Thailand, the Buddhist Pagoda, and Kanchanaburi are worth visiting while going for a trip to Bangkok.

Global Village, Dubailand
It is the world’s largest entertainment sector, located on Emirates Road at Dubailand. This is the perfect destination for people looking forward to spending their holidays at exotic places. Global Village has all sources of entertainment. The Pavilions are a shopaholic’s delight, while the Fun Fair area provides all types of entertainment and sports. Enjoy authentic cuisines at the lavish restaurants and dining halls. Global Village organizes musical and dance shows throughout the year that are enjoyed a lot by tourists. If your stay lasts for more a couple of days, then you must visit Jumeirah beach, Dubai Maritime City and take a desert safari as well.

Eagle Beach, Aruba
This tiny Caribbean Island is located on the north coast of Venezuela and has some of the best warm beach vacation spots. Eagle beach is a hot spot in Aruba owing to its picturesque beauty and soothing weather. Eagle beach is situated exactly south of Palm beach, which is also a wonderful tourist spot. The sea side hotels and shades are perfect places to halt during vacations. The beach is mostly visited by tourists during winter months, and the balmy weather offers respite from chilly winters. The view of azure blue water, flocks of parakeets, white sands and rocks are spectacular. Phoenix Beach, Arashi Beach and Baby Beach are some of the other places also worth visiting.

Grand Canyon, Arizona
Who doesn’t know about the Grand Canyon? But viewing it in reality is indeed a different experience! So this winter finalize your plan to this awesome vacation spot. The canyon is carved by the Colorado river and its best viewed from the top. The stream of water flowing through the edges of the canyon has a spectacular beauty. Watching the sunset from Grand Canyon is a lifetime experience and you should never miss it. Plan your trip in such a way that you can also visit some selected tourists spots in Arizona. The Grand Canyon National Park is a fabulous location where you can experience the beauty of tropical forests. There are ample number of resorts and amusement centers for enjoying your vacation.

10 Beach Vacations in the World

  1. Aruba: This island is located off the coast of Venezuela. The beaches are white with blue waters. You can either indulge in fishing or adventure sports.
  2. The Seychelles: Located in the Indian Ocean, these islands are well-known for the marine life and clean pristine beaches.
  3. Anguilla: A part of the Caribbean islands. If you are interested in culture, then this is the best destination for you.
  4. Goa: A major tourist attraction in India. With its golden beaches and laid-back life, most people love to come here.
  5. Maldives: This country is well-known for its extensive beaches.
  6. Kerala: This is a coastal state in southern India. It is not for nothing that it’s known as ‘God’s own country’.
  7. Coronado Beach: One of the top vacation destination in California. There are various activities which can be undertaken on this beach like kite flying, beach volleyball, surfing, etc.
  8. Siesta Beach, Florida: The beaches here are white and sun-kissed. The name of the beach is apt as one can lie underneath a blanket of sun and enjoy many a ‘siesta’.
  9. Boracay: If all you want to do on your vacation is play, then Boracay in Philippines is for you. You can become a kid again there and do all that you wanted to do when you were a child.
  10. Bahamas: Can the list of top 10 vacation spots be complete without the mention of the Bahamas? If it has to be described in two words, then it has to be ‘pure bliss’.