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  1. Lake Agassiz(ProperNoun)

    An immense prehistoric lake in the center of North America, which was fed by glacial runoff at the end of the last ice age.

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  1. Lake Agassiz

    Lake Agassiz was an immense glacial lake located in the middle of the northern part of North America. Fed by glacial meltwater at the end of the last glacial period, its area was larger than all of the modern Great Lakes combined, and at times it held more water than contained by all lakes in the world today. First postulated in 1823 by William H. Keating, it was named by Warren Upham in 1879 after Louis Agassiz, when Upham recognized that the lake was formed by glacial action.

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