Geographers have a spatial way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with these natural heart-shaped land features.
Lake St. Clair
Lake St. Clair is a heart-shaped lake in the Great Lakes region. Lake St. Clair is the smallest and most recently formed glacier lakes in the Great Lakes watershed.
While Lake St. Clair is not one of the five Great Lakes, the lake is known as the “heart of the Great Lakes” because of its shape and location along the U.S./Canadian border between the Canadian province of Ontario and Detroit, Michigan.
St. Clair is connected Lake Huron to the north via the St. Clair River and Lake Erie to the south via the Detroit River.
Heart-Shaped Lava Flow
Lava flowing around a small island formed the outline of a heart in the western portion of the lava lake in Halema‘uma‘u at Kīlauea Volcano’s summit.
Kīpuka in the Form of a Heart
Hearts in a Glacier
This glacier calving has a heart-shaped front in northwest Greenland.
Heart-Shaped Canyon in Israel
Located in Israel’s Negev Desert, this crater, or makhtesh is shaped like an elongated heart. The canyon was formed after the Negev Desert emerged when the the primordial Tethys Sea receded about 200 hundred million years ago. Wind and water eroded the landscape to create the crater, known as the Ramon Crater, seen today.