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It's All in the Surface

February 02, 1992

I refer to your Jan. 12 Travel Quiz: "What is the largest body of freshwater in the world?" Your answer, "Lake Superior," is way off, depending of course on how you define "large." If large means cubic capacity, Russia's Lake Baykal is by far the largest lake on earth and holds 20% of the Earth's freshwater, as much as all the capacity of the Great Lakes combined.

PETER HUME

El Toro

Editor's note: By "large" we were referring to surface size. Lake Superior is 31,700 square miles and Lake Baykal is 12,162.

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