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Coldwater bacteria threatens Great Lakes salmon
Charlevoix Courier (5/3)
A new study shows a bacterial disease that sickens fish whether raised in captivity or in the wild is imperiling popular salmon species in the Great Lakes Basin.

Central Michigan University opens interactive Great Lakes exhibit
WWTV-TV - Cadillac, MI (4/19)
The Great Lakes are the shining jewel of Michigan. And now there's a kid-friendly exhibit featuring the beautiful bodies of water.

60,000 trees and counting
Erie Times-News (4/17)
Sixty thousand and counting. That's how many trees and shrubs have been planted by Crawford County students in 16 years, in environmental projects sponsored by the Crawford County Conservation District and Pennsylvania state Bureau of Forestry.

Presque Isle an academic draw for Gannon students
Erie Times-News (4/10)
In Pennsylvania, Presque Isle State Park has long been a draw for tourists looking for the perfect place to swim and sunbathe. But the park, Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie are also a draw for another group: science-minded students and their teachers.

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TEACH Questions & Answers

What connects the Great Lakes together and how are the lakes used?
from Joe in Ohio
 
Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River System Rivers, lakes and straits connect the five Great Lakes together, creating one of the largest freshwater bodies in the world!

  • St. Mary's River connects Lake Superior to Lake Huron
  • Lakes Huron and Michigan are hydrologically one lake, connected by the Straits of Mackinac
  • Lake Huron connects to Lake Erie through the St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River
  • Lake Erie connects to Lake Ontario via the Niagara River (and Niagara Falls)
  • and, Lake Ontario connects to the Atlantic Ocean by way of the St. Lawrence River and Seaway

The Great Lakes are used for a variety of purposes, such as recreation, wildlife habitat, drinking water and irrigation. However, the connecting channels, along with a complex system of locks and canals, makes the Great Lakes fully navigable for freighters coming from the Atlantic Ocean. A freighter can enter the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence System from the Atlantic Ocean and travel all of the way to Thunder Bay, Ontario -- over 2,000 miles away!
 
Thank you for your question!
 

Answered on February 1, 2001

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