THE GREAT LAKES
Here's a useful mnemonic for remembering the order of position of the Great Lakes of North America, from inland to the sea (ie. west to east):
" Sergeant Major Hates Eating ONIONS!"
(Superior - Michigan - Huron - Erie - Ontario)
Lake Superior is the largest in area - remember it as being "superior to the rest...!" To recall the sizes of all of the lakes relative to each other, think of either "SHMEO" or:
" Sam's Horse Must Eat OATS!"
Lake Superior - 82,260 km² - 31,760 mile²
If confused between the purposes of the two previous mnemonic sentences, Peter Hobbs suggests you recall that "onions" are strung in a line, while a "horse must eat" for size!
Be slightly wary of the popular mnemonic "HOMES" which can be confusing - its letters do give the first letter of each of the five lakes (ie. H,O,M,E,S), but they are in no particular order.
A separate page has a mnemonic recalling the position of Niagara Falls relative to the Great Lakes.
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