Showing posts with label Lakes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lakes. Show all posts

Monday, May 2, 2016

Lake Vänern


We just learned about Lake Urmia in Iran.

The next biggest lake is Lake Vänern in Sweden.

This lake was made when the ice age melted, and is very old.

An old viking ship was found at the bottom of the lake.


(from: wikipedia - vänern)


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Monday, April 25, 2016

Lake Urmia


We just learned about Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan.

The next biggest lake is Lake Urmia in Iran.

This lake used to be the largest lake in the middle east in Asia, but because of dams that blocked off the rivers feeding it and the water being used up, it is now 10 times smaller than it was.

(from: wikipedia - lake urmia)

There is an interesting small island on the lake called The Fist of Osman.

(from: wikipedia - lake urmia)

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Lake Issyk-Kul


We just learned about the lake Reindeer Lake in Canada.

The next largest lake is lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan.

This lake is in a mountain range, and even though through the winter the mountains are covered in snow, the water never freezes because there are hot springs feeding the water into the lake.
Hot springs doesn't mean the water is hot though, it just means the temperature is above freezing.
At the warmest part of the year when people go to the beach for swimming, the water is usually from 64 to 73 degrees F.
That's really cold for most people!


(from: wikipedia - issyk-kul)


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Monday, April 11, 2016

Reindeer Lake


We just learned about Lake Turkana in Russia.

The next biggest lake is Reindeer Lake in Canada.

This lake has a very deep circular part called Deep Bay Crater that was made when a large meteorite crashed into the earth.
There is also a legend about a giant creature that lives deep in that crater.


(from: wikipedia - reindeer lake)


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Monday, April 4, 2016

Lake Turkana


We just learned about Lake Taymyr in Russia.

The next biggest lake is in Kenya, called Lake Turkana.

It is the world's largest salt lake and desert lake.


(from: wikipedia - lake turkana)

There is a small active volcanic island in the middle called Central Island.


(from: wikipedia - lake turkana)

There are lakes on this island where many animals live, like flamingos, crocodiles, hippos, snakes, zebra, topi, oryx, giraffe, kudu and gazelle.

(from: wikipedia - lake turkana)


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Monday, March 28, 2016

Lake Taymyr


We just learned about Lake Athabasca in Canada.

The next biggest lake is Lake Taymyr in Russia.
It is very far north, and is frozen over for all but three summer months.
In those summer months the temperature is about 44 degrees fahrenheit.


(from: wikipedia - lake taymyr)


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Monday, March 21, 2016

Lake Athabasca


We just learned about Lake Nicaragua in Central America.

The next biggest lake is in Canada, called Lake Athabasca.
This name comes from the Cree natives, meaning "where there are plants one after another".

There is a very old town in this area called Fort Chipewyan, named after the Chipewyan people who lived there.


(from: wikipedia - lake athabasca)


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Monday, March 14, 2016

Lake Nicaragua


We just learned about Lake Titicaca.

The next biggest lake is Lake Nicaragua.
It is the biggest lake in Central America.


(from: wikipedia - lake nicaragua)

This is a freshwater lake that has a river going out to the Pacific Ocean.
Even though it is freshwater, some sharks have found a way to live in this lake!
They swim up the river from the ocean and into the lake, and then back out to the ocean.

Sharks can't live in northern lakes because it gets too cold, and because they need to eat a lot of food to survive and there aren't enough big fish for them to eat in the northern lakes.

(from: wikipedia - lake nicaragua)


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Monday, March 7, 2016

Lake Titicaca


We just learned about Lake Onega in Russia.

The next biggest lake is Lake Titicaca in Peru and Bolivia.

It is the largest lake in South America.


(from: wikipedia - lake titicaca)

The name means Rock of the Puma.
There is an island on the lake called Isla del Sol which means island of the sun.
On this island was a special place called Titi Qala a rock sculpture that was very important to the ancient Incan people.


(from: wikipedia - isla del sol)


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Monday, February 29, 2016

Lake Onega


We just learned about Lake Balkhash in Kazakhstan.

The next biggest lake is Lake Onega in Russia.
The lake is shaped like a giant crayfish.



(from: wikipedia - lake onega)

There are many islands on this lake, and on Kizhi island are many very old churches like the Church of the Transfiguration.


(from: wikipedia - kizhi pogost)

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Lake Vostok


We just learned about the lake Lake Balkhash.

Another lake is called Lake Vostok.

This is the largest lake on the continent of Antarctica, and it is actually 13,000 feet under the ice.

Scientists used lasers to find the lake, and then drilled down through the ice to try and get some water.
They want to test that water to see if it is different, because it has been trapped under the ice for a very long time.


(from: wikipedia - lake vostok)


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Monday, February 15, 2016

Lake Balkhash


We just learned about Lake Ladoga.

The next biggest lake is Lake Balkhash in the country of Kazakhstan.

This lake has 43 islands, but the water level keeps getting lower, so there are more islands that are forming, and the other islands are getting bigger.

(from: wikipedia - lake balkhash)


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Monday, February 8, 2016

Lake Ladoga


We just learned about Lake Ontario.

The next biggest lake is Lake Ladoga.

This lake is in Russia, and is just south of Finland.
It is the largest lake in Europe.


(from: wikipedia - lake ladoga)

There is a fortress called Oreshek Castle on the island of Orekhovets.

(from: wikipedia - lake ladoga)

And there is a large cathedral on the island of Valaam.

(from: wikipedia - lake ladoga)


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Monday, February 1, 2016

Lake Ontario


We just learned about the lake Lake Winnipeg

The next biggest lake is Lake Ontario.

It is the smallest of the five Great Lakes, and it is bordered by Ontario Canada, and New York.

The word Ontario comes from the Native American Huron language for "Lake of Shining Waters."

It gets water from the Niagara River which comes from Lake Erie, and water goes out from Lake Ontario to the Atlantic Ocean through the St. Lawrence River.


(from: wikipedia - lake Ontario)


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Monday, January 25, 2016

Lake Winnipeg


We just learned about Lake Erie
.
Another large lake is Lake Winnipeg.

Its name comes from the Native Cree word for muddy waters.

This lake is very popular for fishing.

(from: wikipedia - lake winnipeg)


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Monday, January 18, 2016

Lake Erie


We just learned about the Great Slave Lake.

Another lake is Lake Erie, which borders Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Ontario.

This is the smallest of the Great Lakes in North America.

The lake got it's name from the Native American Iroquoi tribe, who thought since the lake was so wild and unpredictable they called it a cat.
The Iroquoi word for cat is Erige.

The Detroit river runs into Erie, and the water from Erie flows out to Niagara Falls.


(from: wikipedia - lake erie)


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Monday, January 11, 2016

Great Slave Lake


We just learned about the lake Lake Malawi.

The next biggest lake is in Canada, called the Great Slave Lake.

It is the deepest lake in North America, and it was named after the First Nation Slavey people.

(from: wikipedia - great slave lake)

When the lake is frozen, people drive on the ice like a normal road, from the city of YellowKnife to the city of Dettah.


(from: wikipedia - great slave lake)

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Lake Malawi


We just learned about the Great Bear Lake.

The next biggest lake is Lake Malawi, which is part of Mozambique, Malawi and Tanzania.


(from: wikipedia - lake malawi)

It has more types of fish than any other lake, and has about 1,000 types of fish called cichlids.


(from: wikipedia - lake malawi)


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Monday, December 28, 2015

Great Bear Lake


We just learned about Lake Baikal in Russia.

The next largest lake is Great Bear Lake in Canada.

It is the largest lake inside of Canada, and the top of the lake is frozen over for 8 months out of the year.
People even drive trucks over the lake!
There is a lot of fishing there, and the largest lake trout ever caught by a line was there at 72 pounds.

(from: wikipedia - great bear lake)


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Monday, December 21, 2015

Lake Baikal


We just learned about the lake Lake Tanganyika.

Another lake is called Lake Baikal. It is a very deep lake, and has more water in it than any other lake in the world.

It is also a very old lake, at 25 million years old!


(from: wikipedia - lake baikal)


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