Lake Of The Ozarks Research Paper

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8. Lake of the Ozarks The Lake of the Ozarks is a reservoir in central Missouri with a surface area of 54,000 acres and 1,150 miles of shoreline. The lake 's serpentine form inspired its nickname "The Magic Dragon". Bass Master tournaments and PGA Club Pro Championships have been held here. The lake is 92 miles long and was created when the 2,543-foot Bagnell Dam to provide hydroelectric power, stopping the flow of the Osage River. Even though the lake was created for this purpose, it rapidly became a tourist attraction. Although most of the shoreline is privately owned, 17,500 acres was set aside at the beginning for a national park. This part of the shore is now owned by Lake of the Ozarks State Park, which is the biggest state park…show more content…
Lake Superior Lake Superior is one of breathtaking beauty with such clear water that the average underwater visibility is 27 feet. It is not just the biggest of the Great Lakes, it is the largest body of fresh water on this planet. The lake is 160 miles wide and 350 miles long with a surface area of 31,699 square miles and a water volume of 2,900 cubic miles. The deepest part of the lake is 1,300 feet. During most winters, it is covered by ice on 40 to 95 percent of its surface, but it rarely freezes completely because of its depth. Located on the edge of Wisconsin, the lake extends to Ontario, Canada, and west to the border of Minnesota. The name "Superior" alludes to the larger size, as it is the largest Great Lake, and to its more northern location. During the Colonial period, the lake provided a major shipping avenue for furs and remains a hub of shipping…show more content…
Read more at http://www.livescience.com/31952-lake-superior.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Superior 6. Wallowa Lake Wallowa Lake is located south of Joseph, Oregon at an elevation of 4,372 feet. It was formed by glaciers in the Pleistocene period and is surrounded by moraines, or accumulations of rock and debris from glaciers. First inhabited by the Wallowa band of Nez Perce Indians before Oregon became a state, the area was given to them in the Treaty of 1855. When the gold rush began the government started treaty negotiations intended to remove Wallowa country from the reservation but the Nez Perce refused to sign. Violence ensued and eventually the government took the land. The Nez Perce were banished from the area. There are many monuments and the lake and surrounding towns in honor of the tribe. The nearest town was named Joseph in honor of Chief Joseph, the leader of the tribe. Wallowa Lake is 3.7 miles long and 3/4 mile wide. Its depth is 299 feet, deep for a lake that size. Because of the elevation it sometimes freezes solid in the winter. It usually warms enouch for swimming in early to

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