Interpreting Graphs & Diagrams

Volume of the Great Lakes

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Volume of the Great Lakes

Use the table and Exploring the Great Lakes interactive to answer the following questions.

  • How can you use the information from the table and Exploring the Great Lakes interactive to find the volume of each Great Lake? What information could you use from the interactive?
  • What is the approximate volume of water in each Great Lake?
  • What is the volume of water in all of the Great Lakes combined?
  • Could all the water in Lakes Erie, Huron, Michigan, and Ontario fit in Lake Superior if Lake Superior was drained? If so, how much space would not be used? If not, how much water would spill out of Lake Superior?

Think about the diagram. Which measure of depth would you use to find the volume—the surface elevation, the average depth, or the maximum depth?

INTERACTIVE: Exploring the Great Lakes