Only 1 in 19 People Can Identify These Bodies of Water from a Photo. Can You?

By: Bri O.
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A whopping 71 percent of the Earth's surface area is dedicated to water, and around 97 percent of that water is found in the five oceans. But oceans are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to remarkable bodies of water found across the globe. There are all sorts of weird and unique bodies of water distributed throughout all the countries and corners of the world. 

Do you know the names of the individual lakes that make up the natural wonder that is the Great Lakes water system? Are you interested in man-made waterways or convenient transportation shortcuts? Are you the type of person who geeks out over nature's beauty and water's life-giving role? How do you feel about brackish water and brine? Do you know where to go if you want to float effortlessly? 

From inland seas to landlocked lakes and gravity-defying rivers to breath-taking waterfalls, this quiz covers it all. Oh, and of course it also helps to know about the bays, gulfs, straits, canals, and channels of the world.

Are you ready to test your nautical and geographical knowledge with this ultimate bodies of water quiz? Play on to find out how you stack up! 

The main reservoir of the Nile, Lake Victoria is also known as Victoria Nyanza and is the largest lake in the entire African continent. It's located primarily in Tanzania and Uganda ​but borders Kenya as well. There is only one other freshwater lake in the world that is larger than Lake Victoria.

The Dead Sea is also known as the Salt Sea, and it is a landlocked saline lake (salt). Out of all the bodies of water on earth, including oceans, the Dead Sea has the lowest elevation. Its surface sits at about 1,400 feet below sea level.

This semi-landlocked body of salt water reaches the Atlantic Ocean through the Straits of Florida. The Gulf of Mexico is bordered by Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Mexico, Belize, and Cuba.

Out of all the landlocked bodies of water in the world, the Caspian Sea is the largest one. It takes up more space than the entirety of Japan and contains nearly 1/3 of the Earth's total inland surface water.

Larger than a football field, the Grand Prismatic Spring is also deeper than a 10-story building. These dimensions make it the third-largest spring in the entire world.

Located in the Altiplano region of Bolivia, Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat, measuring in at more than 4,050 square miles. There is a dry season and a wet season. During the wet season, overflow from nearby lakes pools on the flats in a thin reflective layer.

Found in New Zealand, this remarkable pool gets its bright colors from trace amounts of antimony and arsenic in the water. The orange-colored ridge around the pool is made of fine-grained silica.

The Mediterranean Sea separates the African and European continents and ranges from the Atlantic Ocean to Asia. It's connected to the Black Sea through the Dardanelles and the Red Sea through the Suez Canal.

The Pink Lake of Senegal is known as Lac Rose by the locals. It's not far from the Atlantic Ocean, separated only by some dunes. It has a very high salt content comparable to the Dead Sea and, at times, exceeding it.

The Amazon measures at least 4,000 miles in length, which is the same distance between Rome and New York City. But, it's still not the longest river in the world, though some argue it is. It's hard to tell because of the vastness of the Amazonian basin and the various possible mountainous sources that feed it. Explorers and researchers have been conflicted over the topic for decades.

This relatively large inland sea is bordered by quite a few European countries, including Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Romania. It's connected to the Atlantic Ocean through a number of other bodies of water, including the Sea of Marmara, the Dardanelles, the Bosporus, the Aegean Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea.

Also known as the Sea of Cortez, this body of water is an inlet of the Pacific Ocean ranging along the northern Mexican coastline up to the Baja peninsula in California. The gulf is approximately 62,000 square surface miles in size.

Found in Croatia, this gorgeous body of water has been formed over time by the constant flow of water over the chalk and limestone, which created and continues to create natural travertine dividers, dams, caves, lakes, and waterfalls.

The Suez Canal runs through Egypt and connects the Mediterranean and Red seas. While the Mediterranean separates the African continent and the European continent, the Suez Canal separates the African continent from the Asian continent.

Straddling the borders of Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca sits 12,500 feet above sea level among the Andes Mountains. At its widest point, it reaches 50 miles across.

This is definitely a lake in which you want to avoid swimming, as it's made of natural asphalt! It's found on the island of Trinidad and is an active seep, which means it's currently being fueled by a fresh subterranean crude oil seep.

The Baltic Sea is part of the North Atlantic Ocean and separates Scandinavia from the rest of Europe. It's the largest body of brackish water in the world. Brackish water is a combination of salt and fresh/river water.

Out of the five Great Lakes, Lake Michigan is the third largest. It's also the only one sitting completely in U.S. territory. The remaining four lakes also fall within Canada.

The geographical landscape (crater) for this body of water was laid when a huge meteorite impacted the earth around 210 million years ago nearing the end of the Triassic period. It's believed the meteorite's impact caused toxic dust to darken the sky and lead to mass extinctions.

The Congo begins in northern Zambia and drains into the Atlantic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It's nearly 3,000 miles long, and is the continent's second-largest river.

Five distinct lakes make up the Great Lakes water system. They are: Superior, Erie, Huron, Ontario, and Michigan. Combined, the lakes have the largest freshwater surface area of the entire planet.

This body of water separates France from England and connects to the North Sea through the Strait of Dover. The French refer to the canal as La Manche.

Located in Turkey, the terraces are made of travertine, which is a form of limestone. Right next door is Hierapolis, a city with roots dating back to 190 BC.

Virginia borders the bay's southern coast, while Maryland borders the northern coast. The bay's width ranges from three miles to 25 miles. This specific body of water has been the location of various important military battles throughout the United States' short history. It was where the British chose to invade during the War of 1812.

This body of water sits between Ontario, Canada and New York state. The falls are separated into two parts, Horsehoe Falls belonging to the Canadian side and American Falls belonging to the US side.

Found in southeastern Siberia (Russia), Lake Baikal is more than 20 million years old, making it the oldest freshwater lake on the planet. It's also the largest lake in the world when ranked according to volume.

Quite a few different regions border the South China Sea, including Taiwan, the Philippines, Borneo, the Malay Peninsula, and the Asian mainland. At its deepest, in an area called the China Sea Basin, water depths can reach nearly 16,500 feet.

This body of water is considered an inland sea and is located in east-central Canada. It connects to the Atlantic Ocean through the Hudson Strait and to the Arctic Ocean through the Foxe Channel.

Also known as the Sea of Japan, this body of water is bordered by Russia, Japan, Korea, Sakhalin Island, and the Asian mainland. At its deepest, the Sea can reach 12,276 feet.

This body of water is found along the coast of northwest Europe between the British Isles. Many European countries border it, including Great Britain, Norway, Shetland, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and France. It connects to the Atlantic Ocean through the Strait of Dover.

At its narrowest, the Taiwan straight is 100 miles wide. It runs between the East and South China Seas and connects China to Taiwan.

The Andaman Sea serves as an essential bridge between Myanmar and the rest of the world. Within it lies the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

During the summer months, the sun's heat causes the lake's water to evaporate, leaving behind spots of minerals and salts among the remaining shallow pool. Outside of sources like groundwater and rainwater, this body of water has no source of fresh water coming in or going out.

The Bering Sea and its accompanying strait separate the Asian continent from the North American continent. It connects to the Arctic Ocean through the Bering Strait and is 53 miles wide at its narrowest point.

This body of water is located in Flores, Indonesia, at the summit of Mount Kelimutu. The three lakes that make up the water system are constantly changing colors, ranging from black and red to green and blue.

The Caribbean Sea is bordered by and surrounds a number of different countries and islands, including Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, and the Virgin Islands.

This body of water is the longest river in the world, measuring in around 4,132 miles in length. Unlike most rivers, the Nile flows from south to north.

The Caño Cristales is a uniquely remarkable river because it undergoes natural color transformations due a native aquatic plant called the macarenia clavigera. This plant takes on different colors depending upon sunlight, water conditions, and other environmental factors.

This body of water is also known as the Arabian Gulf. It's bordered by Iran, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq. It is connected to the Arabian Sea through the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman.

The largest freshwater lake innortheast India, Logtak Lake is known for the floating masses of vegetation that grow and thrive on its surface. The vegetation masses are called "phumdi."

The Red Sea ultimately connects to the Arabian Sea through the Bab el Mandeb Strait and Gulf of Aden. Egypt, Eritrea, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen border the Sea.

Commonly referred to as Lake Nyasa, this body of water is found in the African country of Malawi where it borders Tanzania and Mozambique. The lake is fed by 14 different rivers.

The Colorado flows through seven states, including Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, Colorado, California, and Arizona. At one point, it serves as the border between Mexico and Arizona for 17 miles.

Located in Dominica, Boiling Lake is the second-largest hot spring in the entire world. At its coasts, the water temperature can reach 197 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Panama Canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It is only 40 miles wide. It's a man-made canal that was completed in August of 1914 in an effort to shorten trips that would otherwise take an extra 8,000 miles.

One of the two rivers that make up the Tigris-Euphrates water system, this body of water measures 1,740 miles in length. It flows through Turkey, Syria, and Iraq.

This body of water is bordered by France and Spain. It forms a triangular shape and is about 86,000 square miles in size.

The longest river in the North American continent, the Mississippi River is about 2,340 miles in length. Its intricate tributary system connects to 31 US states.

Found along the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is two times wider and two times deeper than the famed Niagara Falls. At its widest point, the falls reach across the width of the entire river.

This body of water is surrounded mostly by Russian (Siberian) territory. It spans an area of around 611,000 square miles and has a maximum depth of 11,063 feet.

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