Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined

Granted, Canada is huge. (only Russia is bigger). But 35,000 lakes is still an impressive number. That’s enough lakes for every 1000 Canadians to have one of their own. And this is only the number of lakes larger than 3 square kilometres. There are an estimated 3 million lakes in Canada if you include the ones under 3 square kilometres.

It may seem like all these lakes could be the answer to the world’s freshwater problems, but it is unlikely that they will be. The main reason for this is the of the lakes in Canada, most are located near the Arctic Circle. What this means is that these lakes are frozen solid, even during summer. The number of lakes that are actually in liquid form throughout the year is very small. Therefore using these lakes as a source of drinking water may not be viable.


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