Great Slave Lake, Canada
In this new year, PROBA-V’s eye is caught on the 10th largest lake in the world and, with a depth of 614 m the deepest lake of North America: the Great Slave Lake, located in the Northwest Territories of Canada. Along with the larger Great Bear Lake (to the northwest) and Lake Athabaska (to the southeast), it is a remnant of the glacial lake McConnell.
The name of the lake refers to the Slavey or Dene Indians, original inhabitants of the area. They were not all enslaved by colonial forces, but rather received their name, with some disdain, from fur traders of the rivalling Cree.
The deepest part of the lake is not the largest water body on the west, where most trade and mining settlements were established, but rather the arch-shaped McLeod and Christie Bays in the east of the image.