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North America Rivers and Lakes Map

The map shows the major lakes and rivers in North America. The Great Lakes in the north are among the major lakes that originated during the glacial period. North America's important rivers include the Mississippi and Missouri, Rio Grande and St. Lawrence Rivers.

North America Rivers and Lakes Map
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Rivers in North America

One of the major rivers in North America is the Mississippi-Missouri River system, including the major tributaries like the Ohio and Arkansas Rivers. The Mississippi itself travels for 3,734 kilometers (2,320 miles), and the Missouri is about 3,767 kilometers (2,341 miles) long. The Mackenzie River flows 4,241 kilometers (2,635 miles) through Canada's Northwest Territories. The Yukon River flows through Alaska, British Columbia, and Yukon, stretching 3,185 square kilometers (1,979 miles). Farther south, the Rio Grande flows through the US Southwest, and down into Mexico, measuring 3,108 kilometers (1,931 miles).

Lakes in North America

North America's Great Lakes are a group of lakes along the border between the United States and Canada in the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada. With a total volume of 22,671 cubic kilometers (5,439 cubic miles), these five lakes hold 21% of the world's fresh water supply, and are the largest group of freshwater lakes in the world. The Great Lakes include Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario. Great Bear Lake is the largest lake entirely in Canada, with a volume of 2,236 cubic kilometers (536 cubic miles).


Last Updated on: June 05, 2020

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