2.84. How many lakes is part of a group called the Great Lakes? In any encyclopedia it is written that the Great Lakes (group of major lakes in eastern North America, in the St. Lawrence River basin) include five lakes: Superior, Huron, Michigan, Erie and Ontario. However, a few years ago the number of American Great Lakes increased. US Congress passed a law under which the five Great Lakes joins the 6th - Lake Champlain, located in the side, and the size is very small (Lake Ontario area, the smallest of the Great Lakes, is 19 500 square kilometers, and Lake Champlain - only 1137 square kilometers) . The fact that a special law for many years funded to study the ecology of the Great Lakes. Now it turned out that Lake Champlain also needs to learn, therefore, not to take a separate law, in the old phrase inserted: "The term" Great Lakes "includes Lake Champlain." This innovation led to the protest of many people in the states adjacent to the present Great Lakes.