The Great Lakes

Lake Michigan sunset

Coastal (ocean) residents often overlook the majestic nature of the Great Lakes. Prior to my recent visit to Lake Michigan, many of my ocean dwelling friends scoffed at the thought of a lake. “But you can’t even see the other side,” I say, as I became slightly defensive of my childhood playground. The statement typically results in inquiry from those who have not had the opportunity to visit these incredible bodies of water.

The five Great Lakes; Michigan, Superior, Ontario, Huron, and Erie contain 18% of the world’s supply of freshwater and make up the largest surface area of freshwater in the world. Although the size of the Great Lakes is diminutive compared to the ocean, there are some surprising commonalities between these these two different bodies of water. Visit next week to discover how Lake Michigan parallels the ocean.

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