Bodies of Water

The following graphs compare bodies of water on Earth in surface area and depth.

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This first chart consists mostly of lakes. Previously, I’ve made an elevation-scaled graph showing the elevations at surface and maximum depth of several lakes. Notice the massive variety in the shapes of the African Great Lakes (green).

One can see in this chart the magnitude of human impact, both to create bodies of water that can rank among the great natural bodies (Lake Volta in magenta) and to misuse natural resources drastically (dying bodies of water in red).

Zooming out slightly, we compare some inland and marginal seas to the largest of the lakes.

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Notice that the Hudson Bay is shallower than Lake Superior, and also several Canadian lakes.

One more step outward:

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The Arctic Ocean, smallest and shallowest of the world’s oceans in the 5-connected-oceans model, is comparable in depth to the Mediterranean and Banda Seas, despite covering humongously more area. The other four oceans stretch significantly deeper, the deepest (the Pacific) going down to 10916 m (while also covering one-third the entire Earth’s surface).

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