Tag Archive: Great Lakes

Mar 16

Of Ice and Mittens, Or, How the Great Lakes Formed

What does a long-gone glacier have to do with Michigan being shaped like a mitten? Pretty much everything. Listen up: Let’s go back about 14,000 years to what’s now the Great Lakes region. Back then, the entire area was covered with a sheet of ice that averaged a half-mile thick, but was up to four …

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Mar 13

Deep Lakes, Deep Thoughts

Pondering the depth of the Great Lakes turns up some surprising revelations. Think on this: If you drop a stone into one of the Great Lakes, how far will it travel before it hits the bottom? The longest journey will be in Lake Superior, where the stone will cruise through the cleanest, clearest, and coldest …

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Jan 29

Backtracking Birds

Why shorelines are stopover sites:   Each spring and fall, tens of millions of birds migrate through the Great Lakes region. Jeffrey Buler of the University of Delaware says many species prefer to travel at night. In a recent study, he found that if birds were still out over the Great Lakes at sunrise, they …

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Dec 13

Why Didn’t the Fish Cross the Road?

It’s no joke—in many places, fish can’t get to the other side of a road. Listen up for the why and so what: Turns out, fish can’t just go with the flow after all. According to research out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, more than 1,000 dams and 100,000 road crossings inhibit fish movement in …

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Dec 10

Protecting the Fruit of One’s Labor

By putting their property in a land trust, fruit farmers can protect water quality—and in turn, their own crops. Listen up: It’s no coincidence that fruit farms flourish across the Great Lakes. And now, farmers are finding new ways to ensure they continue to do so. “The Lake Michigan fruit belt is a 200-mile stretch …

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