lakes

A shaded relief map of the Central Valley in California showing the location of Tulare Lake.

California’s Wet Winter Brought Back an Ancient Lake

Caitlin Dempsey

The once-vanished Tulare Lake reemerged after an exceptionally wet California winter, reclaiming a portion of its historic expanse in 2023.

A simple map of the world showing average lake evaporation rate around the world with a shading scale from blue and green for low evaporation and orange and red for high rates of evaporation.

The Global Evaporation of Lakes

Mark Altaweel

Using satellite imagery and modeling, new research highlights evaporation volume across natural and artificial lakes in more than 1.42 million lakes.

McKinley Lake near Cordova, Alaska

Geography of U.S. Lakes

Elizabeth Borneman

Within its borders, the United States is home to a vast wealth of lakes.

This photo from the International Space Station shows the location of Salton Sea between Imperial and Coachella Valleys. Image; NASA, June 12, 2002

California’s Largest Lake

Caitlin Dempsey

Floodwater from a broken irrigation canal gate in 1905 created California's largest lake.

View of Lake Tahoe from Emerald Bay. Photo: NASA/JPL.

Largest Alpine Lake in North America

Caitlin Dempsey

Located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Lake Tahoe is a freshwater lake that straddles the border between California and Nevada.

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