The Great Lakes in the world
Lakes are large to very large water bodies occupying a position between pond and sea; in size. Unlike sea; lakes have individuality as they stand separate and independent of each other where as the seas (oceans); though known in separate names are actually one single mass of water. The surrounding areas of lakes exhibit uniformity in culture and civilization as the mobility of the people being limited by the size and shape of the lake their exposure with outside world gets limited. These limitations breed very rare features in their life and make them case study for ethnologists.
One lake is different from the other not only in its geographical location but in its ‘physiology’ as some are salty some fresh. One lake (The Titicaca is four kilometers above sea-level, the other one; The Dead Sea is 418 meters (1371 feet below sea-level)!
Lake Titicaca image courtsey: everestnews2004.com
Lake Titicaca in between the Andes Mountain ranges of South America is the highest placed in the world (about four kilometers above sea-level), depth also it is the second greatest. The lake is located between
Dead Sea image courtsey: bibleplaces.com
The role of this great water body (and the river Jordan which flows in to it) in the world history is more prominent than any other lakes as all the events in the Bible is one or other way related to this lake and pilgrims from all parts of the world flock to this lake in search of their holy sites. Many people still see
Baikal Lake image courtsey: baikal-maria.irk.ru
Lake Victoria image courtsey: adelaide.edu.au
Caspian Sea Image courtsey: princeton.edu
By sheer size (surface area 143243 sq miles) The Caspian Sea is the largest - too large to be considered to be a lake, it is something of a hybrid between the two as once it was a sea and became a lake by some geological changes that took place millions of years back.
No surprise that the Romans took it for sea due to its size and salinity. Its area is 143243 sq miles (far bigger than any other lakes) salinity is 1.2% (about one third of sea-water) and a volume of about 18761 Sq Miles.
Lake Superior image courtsey: hickerphoto.com
Of late the level of water in this lake has been found declining steadily and this year it is 46 cm below long time average. Global warming has been mainly blamed for this sorry state, but there are accusations that the Americans divert water through the
Pure water is definitely going to be a precious commodity and there are fore castings that the future wars will be fought for water. In such a situation activists talking in extreme languages is quite natural, there are frequent riots fought in
It is a great fortune that the people of developed nations generally go to the street with cudgels at the slightest provocations by activists, media and the politicians; otherwise there would have been many wars between nations who share common waters; and world wars would have become an annual event as in the case of