Loch Okeechobee

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Loch Okeechobee
Okeechobee lake from space.jpg
frae space, September 1988
Location Florida
Coordinates 26°56′N 80°48′W / 26.933°N 80.800°W / 26.933; -80.800
Primary inflows Kissimmee River, Fisheating Creek, Taylor Creek
Primary ootflows Everglades
Basin kintras Unitit States
Max. length 57.5 kilometres (35.7 mi)
Max. width 46.6 kilometres (29.0 mi)
Surface aurie 1,900 km2 (730 sq mi)
Average depth 2.7 m (8 ft 10 in)
Max. depth 3.7 m (12 ft)
Watter volume 5.2 km3 (1.2 cu mi) (estimatit)
Surface elevation 3.74 m (12.3 ft) tae 5.49 m (18.0 ft)
Islands Kreamer, Torry, Ritta, Grass, Observation, Bird, Horse, Hog, Eagle Bay

Lake Okeechobee /ˌkɨˈb/, locally referred tae as "The Loch" or "The Big O", is the lairgest freshwatter loch in the state o Florida. It is the seivent lairgest freshwatter loch in the Unitit States[1] an the seicont lairgest freshwatter loch (lairgest is Loch Michigan) contained entirely within the lawer 48 states.[2] However, it is the lairgest freshwatter loch completely within a single ane o the lawer 48 states. Okeechobee covers 1,900 square kilometres (730 sq mi), approximately hauf the size o the state o Rhode Island, an is exceptionally shallae for a loch o its size, wi an average depth o anly 3 metres (9 feet). The loch is dividit atween Glades, Okeechobee, Martin, Palm Beach, an Hendry coonties. Aw five coonties meet at ane pynt near the center o the loch.[3]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Muller, Peter O. (2008). Lake Okeechobee World Book Online Reference Center. Retrieved 12 Jan. 2008.[deid airtin]
  2. Heather S. Henkel (2010-04-15). "SOFIA Virtual Tour - Lake Okeechobee". Sofia.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2011-11-27. 
  3. Counties of Florida map from U.S. Census Bureau.