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  Islands of the Great Lakes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Great Lakes islands consist of 35,000 islands created by uneven glacial activity in the Great Lakes basin.
At 1,068 square miles (2,766 kmĀ²), the largest lake island in the world is Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron in Canada's province of Ontario.
List of notable Great Lakes islands and archipelagos
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Islands_of_the_Great_Lakes   (104 words)

 St. Joseph Island - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Joseph Island is a Canadian island in Lake Huron, near the mouth of the St.
After Mackinac Island was handed over to the United States, the British chose to fortify equally strategic St. Joseph island in 1796.
Joseph Island has a year-round population of around 2000, and is connected to the mainland by the Highway 548 bridge.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/St._Joseph_Island   (234 words)

 Great Lakes' watershed   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Michigan is called the Great Lake State because it borders on four and controls the area of much of the five large lakes that are collectively called the Great Lakes.
Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes, has a water surface area of 82,100 sq km and a maximum depth of 406 m.
Lake Huron is the second in size with 59,700 sq km; Lake Michigan, third, with 57,750 sq km; and Lake Erie, fourth, with 25,700 sq km.
www.geo.msu.edu /geo333/watershed.html   (727 words)

 Nearshore Waters of the Great Lakes
Of the above-mentioned species, great egrets, little gulls, fl terns, and forster's terns are quite restricted in their nesting range on the Great Lakes: forster's terns are known to nest at only one site, and little gulls are not known to have nested since the late 1980s or early 1990s.
The shoreline and NAZ of the Great Lakes are not great areas for breeding waterfowl.
The Great Lakes, particularly the NAZ, are an extremely important area for migrating and staging waterfowl, especially the diving and sea ducks.
www.on.ec.gc.ca /solec/nearshore-water/paper/part7.html   (2835 words)

The Charity Islands Reef colony in Saginaw Bay of Lake Huron was added in 1966 in conjunction with a study of the distribution of type E botulism in Ring-billed Gulls (Ludwig and Bromley 1967).
The reasons for this moderate reinvasion of the Great Lakes are obscured by the past and by a lack of study; furthermore the reasons for population stability between 1940 and 1960 are not apparent.
In 1960 the Ring-billed Gull population of Lakes Huron and Michigan was estimated to be 27,000 nesting pairs (Ludwig 1962).
elibrary.unm.edu /sora/Auk/v091n03/p0575-p0594.html   (12243 words)

 Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem Team - Great Lakes Islands   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Great Lakes islands serve as nesting sites for waterfowl and are important stopover sites for many migratory and neo-tropical migrant species.
In 2003, members of the Island Committee drafted and presented the paper "Tools and Partnerships for the Conservation of Great Lakes Islands" (pdf-592 Kb and PowerPoint-1.55 Mb) at the annual meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology in Duluth, Minnesota.
Specific near-term activities that will be undertaken include collecting pre-existing information on the Great Lakes islands, implementing a Decision Support System to develop strategies for conservation, and developing outreach materials to inform the public on the importance of islands and the Service's efforts in conserving them.
www.fws.gov /midwest/greatlakes/gli.htm   (458 words)

        GIFTS OF THE GLACIERS - Wisconsin Sea Grant
Lake Michigan continued to drain out the Illinois River where Chicago now stands until about only 3,000 years ago, when the Great Lakes finally assumed their present shapes.
The lakes' water is usually cold to begin with, because the Great Lakes lie across the 45th Parallel -- halfway to the North Pole from the Equator and just 1,200 miles from the Arctic Circle, less than the distance between New York City and Miami.
Coupled with the vast forest, agricultural and mineral resources of the area, the abundant supply of water and cheap transportation afforded by the Great Lakes were major factors in the region becoming the population and industrial core of both the United States and Canada.
www.seagrant.wisc.edu /communications/greatlakes/GlacialGift   (1197 words)

 Great Lakes Stories
Well in the long view, it presages action by the Great Lakes states to insure that the waters from the five lakes will not end up being piped down to the parched, over populated lands such as Arizona, New Mexico and Texas -- even if the president is from one of those states.
In the meantime, the Council of Great Lakes Governors is drafting a plan to regulate diversion as well as any large scale withdrawals for use inside the Great Lakes basin.
It has long been understood that diverting water from the Great Lakes is a pipe dream only of those who don't comprehend the political complications of it all.
www.greatlakesstories.com   (6013 words)

 National Watersheds: Great Lakes
The Great Lakes were formed by the retreat of the mile thick glaciers of the Wisconsin Ice Age between 10,000 and 7,000 years ago.
Great Lakes sand dunes, which occur on all five lakes, comprise the largest collection of freshwater coastal dunes in the world.
Great Lakes alvars are naturally open areas of thin soil over limestone or marble bedrock which hosts a distinctive vegetation community.
kyw.iewatershed.com /index.php?pagename=ow_regionalWatersheds_04   (755 words)

 great lakes map and information page
Lake Superior 82,000 sq km, 31,698 sq miles, is the largest fresh water lake in the world.
Lake Huron 59,600 sq km, 23,011 sq miles, is 206 miles (332 km) long and 183 miles (295 km) at its widest point.
Lake Michigan 57,800 sq km, 22,316 sq miles, is the largest freshwater lake (totally within) the United States.
www.worldatlas.com /webimage/countrys/namerica/greatlk.htm   (534 words)

 USGS Programs in The Great Lakes
The Great Lakes system comprises Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario and their connecting waterways---the St. Marys, the St. Clair, the Detroit, the Niagara, and the St. Law-rence Rivers; the Straits of Mackinac; Lake St. Clair; and the Welland Canal.
Lake level is controlled by the spillway to the St. Marys River at Sault Ste.
The analysis is delineating the high levels of the lakes, the timing of peat deposition, the changing climatic regimes, the extent of former wetlands, the deterioration and regrowth of wetlands, and the history of early human impacts on the wetlands.
water.usgs.gov /wid/html/gl.html   (2560 words)

 Islands in the Great Lakes Region
In fact, the largest lake island in the world is Manitoulin in Lake Huron (Ontario), covering 1,068 square miles.
These islands contain many critical natural features, cultural resources, and recreational opportunities that, despite being threatened by pressures of unplanned development and habitat destruction, have yet to be holistically addressed.
Lake of the Woods, shared by Ontario, Minnesota and Manitoba, is said to contain 14,000 islands.
www.great-lakes.net /envt/air-land/isle.html   (340 words)

 Lake Islands!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Islands of the Great Lakes, from The Department of Resource Development, Michigan State University
Thunder Bay Island, Lake Huron from Michigan Sea Grant
Islands in the Great Lakes Region from GLIN
rjl.us /lslbi/islands.htm   (31 words)

 Text Version - Lake Superior - Gift of the Glaciers - University of Wisconsin Sea Grant
The greatest of the Great Lakes is Lake Superior, the northernmost and westernmost Great Lake -- and the biggest, the deepest, the coldest and the most pristine.
The lake's surface is about 600 feet above sea level, with an average depth of 490 feet and a maximum depth of 1,333 feet.
Learn all about the Great Lakes basin as well as the individual basins of each lake in a new set of brochures available free of charge from Wisconsin Sea Grant.
www.seagrant.wisc.edu /communications/greatlakes/glacialgift/textonly/lake_superior.html   (506 words)

 The Great Lakes
The Great Lakes ecosystem encompasses Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario--five inland seas of such beauty and magnitude that they are unique in all the world.
The Great Lakes ecosystem was born of water and continues to be shaped, defined and maintained by this most yielding, yet most powerful, of substances.
By the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Great Lakes area had become the industrial center and crossroads of the North American continent, providing copper, iron, lumber and cheap transportation.
www.sweetwatervisions.com /Pages/glinfo.html   (674 words)

 Weekly News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie are expected to rise 4 inches over the next month and Lake Ontario is expected to rise two inches over the next month.
Due to a warmer than average January and February some of the Great Lakes seem to have begun their seasonal rise earlier than normal, but levels over the next few months on all the Great Lakes are expected to remain lower than 2005.
Lake Erie is the warmest of the Great Lakes and supports one of the best freshwater sport fisheries in the world.
www.great-lakes.org /wklyfish_nz   (5405 words)

 GIS Data Downloads
Michigan's legal boundary does not stop at the shoreline of the four Great Lakes that encircle it, but extends into them to include almost 40,000 square miles of water, comprising 40% of Michigan's area.
The Toledo Strip: Part 1: The boundary with Ohio was hotly contested in the 1830s as a result of two surveys that left an areas of dispute amounting to 468 square miles on the Michigan-Ohio boundary.
Menominee River Islands: The islands of the Menominee River were divided in half by the US Supreme Court in 1926: Those north of “Quinnesec Falls” (now the site of Big Quinnesec Dam) were awarded to Michigan, and those south of the falls were awarded to Wisconsin.
www.lib.msu.edu /coll/main/maps/mi_bound.html   (548 words)

 Region 5 Great Lakes: Significant Activities Report - February 2003   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The International Joint Commission, Great Lakes Fishery Commission, and USEPA Great Lakes National Program Office have provided funding for backup power, and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is providing a backup generator until the permanent backup power can be acquired.
The goals of the project were to systematically examine selected Great Lakes islands, compile comprehensive information on natural features and significant biodiversity areas, and convey the information in the most useful form for landowner education and conservation planning purposes.
The theme for the seminar series is “Indicators and Biomarkers.” Dr. Bertram discussed the Great Lakes indicators project; SOLEC; important concepts regarding indicators, objectives and endpoints; concepts regarding indices; and results from the indicators presented at SOLEC 2002, in October 2002.
www.epa.gov /grtlakes/active/2003/feb03.html   (2657 words)

 Great Lakes Islands Geographic Information System/Decision Support System
A large number of rare natural features are located on the islands of the Great Lakes, including several species of plants endemic solely to Great Lakes islands, and many U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) trust resources such as rare and endangered species, neotropical migrants, interjurisdictional fishes, colonial water birds, and waterfowl.
The Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem Team (GLBET) Islands Committee callaborated with the U.S. Geological Survey Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC) to gather spatial and nonspatial data on the Great Lakes islands.
Managers can review the Great Lakes islands within the DSS for natural resource values and threats and for their potential for acquisition by the National Wildlife Refuge System (Figure 1).
www.umesc.usgs.gov /management/dss/great_lakes_islands.html   (403 words)

 GLBET Decision Support System
The Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem Team (GLBET) Geographic Information System (GIS)/Decision Support System (DSS) provides refuge personnel and other interested parties the ability to answer questions related to islands within the Great Lakes basin using spatial and non-spatial data.
Managers will be able to review Great Lakes islands within the GIS/DSS for natural resource values and threats and for their potential for acquisition by the National Wildlife Refuge System.
The Great Lakes contain about 30,000 islands, ranging in size from small boulders to over a hundred thousand acres.
www.glc.org /gis/GLBET/IslandsDSSFactSheet.html   (334 words)

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Great Salt Lake - the world's second saltiest lake and one...
During this time, the Great Lakes were still forming, and the geology...
It was one of the first Great Lakes to be uncovered during the...
www.thinkfast.co.uk /5241   (349 words)

 Arabella - Spanish Virgin Islands - Atlantic Coast & Great Lakes of U.S. & Canada - Sailing Ship Adventures: Sailing ...
This island, westernmost of the British Virgins, is home of White Bay beach, the Soggy Dollar Bar, and Foxy's, the quintessential island watering hole.
This island is the largest of the British Virgins and as British as Pusser's Rum.
This Virgin Island is is a pristine beauty, home of the National Marine Sactuary, and the famous Rockefeller resort, Caneel Bay.
www.sailingshipadventures.com /index.cfm?event=VoyageDetails&VoyageID=61   (943 words)

 Great Lakes Islands Geographic Information Systems/Decision Support Systems
The Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem Team (GLBET) Islands Committee is collaborating with the U.S. Geological Survey Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC) to gather spatial and nonspatial data on the Great Lakes islands.
Managers will then be able to review the Great Lakes islands within the DSS for natural resource values and threats and for their potential for acquisition by the National Wildlife Refuge System.
The DSS will include tools that allow the user to calculate distances between islands and other features, identify features and display their attributes, view metadata related to map layers, and export the map display as a digital image, among other features.
www.umesc.usgs.gov /management/dss/5004778_greatlakes_islands.html   (352 words)

 Great Lakes Islands
Great Lakes islands are close to the top of my list for fall getaways.
Drummond Island in Lake Huron, a 10-minute ferry ride from De Tour Village at the eastern tip of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Carless Mackinac Island in Lake Huron's Straits of Mackinac, between Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas.
www.bhg.com /mwl/story.jhtml?storyid=/templatedata/mwl/story/data/CT_Islands.xml&catref=cat2790010   (646 words)

 Islands of the Great Lakes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The thirty thousand islands of the Great Lakes form the largest collection of freshwater islands in the world.
The biological diversity of these islands is of global significance, and they are among the last wildlands on Earth.
The goal of this Collaborative is to improve the conservation of these islands in perpetuity.
www.nemw.org /islands1.htm   (104 words)

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However, there is a need for information about non-USFWS islands because habitat for migratory wildlife often extends across property boundaries and the USFWS is often presented with the opportunity to purchase privately-owned islands that contain important habitat areas.
Accordingly, the need for improved habitat information and habitat research on Great Lakes islands has been identified by the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem Team (GLBET) as one of their two highest priority issues in the Great Lakes region.
The pilot study area was chosen because it contains a variety of large and small islands that provide habitat for migratory waterfowl and represents a diversity of habitat types found in the Great Lakes basin.
water.usgs.gov /orh/nrwww/GreatLakesIslandsIntegrated.project.doc   (830 words)

 The Nature Conservancy in the Great Lakes Region - Conserving Freshwater Biodiversity
Using Science to Inform Great Lakes Water Use and Management — Water is the most vital resource in the Great Lakes region.
Protecting Great Lakes Biodiversity through the Great Lakes Charter Annex (Annex 2001) — The Conservancy serves as an advisor to the Governors and Premiers’ Water Management Working Group promoting the use of sound science in the water management decision-making process.
Protecting Islands in the Great Lakes — The world’s largest collection of freshwater islands is found in the Great Lakes.
nature.org /wherewework/northamerica/greatlakes/work/art10841.html   (167 words)

 CanadaInfoLink is everything you wanted to know about Canada and canadian information about provinces, provincial ...
Carved by a Native boy, it is placed in the headwaters of the Great Lakes to make its way to the sea.
Traveling through all the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence Seaway and eventually the North Atlantic, readers will learn about the geography, history, industry, seasons, tides, currents, locks, inhabitants, animals and more of this fascinating region.
The composite vessel CANADIAN TRANSFER, constructed from the bow of one ship and the stern section of another (see Two And A Half Sisters) is shown entering the St. Clair River in October 1999.
www.canadainfolink.ca /glks.htm   (726 words)

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