Loch Okeechobee

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Loch Okeechobee
Okeechobee lake from space.jpg
frae space, September 1988
LocationFlorida
Coordinates26°56′N 80°48′W / 26.933°N 80.800°W / 26.933; -80.800
Primary inflowsKissimmee River, Fisheating Creek, Taylor Creek
Primar ootflowsEverglades
Basin kintrasUnitit States
Max. lenth57.5 kilometre (35.7 mi)
Max. weenth46.6 kilometre (29.0 mi)
Surface aurie1,900 km2 (730 sq mi)
Average deepth2.7 m (8 ft 10 in)
Max. deepth3.7 m (12 ft)
Watter vollum5.2 km3 (1.2 cu mi) (estimatit)
Surface elevation3.74 m (12.3 ft) tae 5.49 m (18.0 ft)
IslandsKreamer, Torry, Ritta, Grass, Observation, Bird, Horse, Hog, Eagle Bay

Lake Okeechobee /ˌkˈb/, 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] Houiver, it is the lairgest freshwatter loch completely within a single ane o the lawer 48 states. Okeechobee covers 1,900 square kilometre (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 centre 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.