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GLIN==> Great Lakes Facts Publications Provide Interesting, Important Information

Posted on behalf of Barb Lehman <lehman@msue.msu.edu>


Contact:  Carol Swinehart
(517) 353-9723


EAST LANSING, Mich. -- FACT:  More than 33 million people inhabit the Great
Lakes basin. FACT:  The Laurentian Great Lakes make up one-fifth of the
world's surface fresh water.

These and many less well known facts about the Great Lakes are presented in
Michigan Sea Grant's new Great Lakes Facts  publications. Quick: Which Great
Lake has the longest shoreline, including islands?  Where can you find the
busiest inland shipping port in the United States?

The answers -- Lake Huron and Duluth-Superior Harbor on Lake Superior,
respectively -- are just a sample of the interesting and important
information found in the colorful fact sheets.

Five of the brochures are filled with facts about the individual Great Lakes
basins: Superior, Huron, Michigan, Erie and Ontario.  Statistics about each
lake's dimensions are presented, along with facts about its shoreline use,
economy, ecology, and natural resource and environmental issues.  Each
brochure opens into a 12- by 16-inch two-color map of the lake and its
basin.  A sixth brochure provides facts about the entire Great Lakes basin
and opens into a 17- by 22-
inch four-color poster.

Highlighted sections present particularly distinctive facts about each lake.
The map images feature its entire drainage basin, state and provincial
boundaries, major cities, areas of concern, national parks and recreation
areas.  The Great Lakes basin brochure features a depth and distance profile
of the entire Great Lakes system.

"Whether you're a reporter or a legislator needing to find a statistic, a
teacher who's planning a curriculum unit on the Great Lakes or a person who
simply loves the lakes, you'll find these useful," said Carol Swinehart,
editor of the series.  "Anyone who's interested in the Great Lakes can learn
from them; I've worked on Great Lakes issues for 25 years, and I've learned
many new things in producing this third edition."

The Great Lakes Facts series can be purchased as a set for $3. To order,
contact Michigan Sea Grant at (734) 764-1118 or msgpubs@umich.edu; the MSU
Bulletin Office at (517) 355-0240; Sea Grant Extension district offices in
Grand Haven, Mount Clemens, Port Huron, Traverse City, Tawas City and
Marquette; or MSU Extension county offices throughout the state.

Coming soon to Michigan Sea Grant's Web site --
<http://www.engin.umich.edu/seagrant/>:  a sourcebook for Great Lakes Facts
that will contain a glossary of terms used in the series and
the sources of all facts used in the publications.

Michigan Sea Grant is a cooperative program of Michigan State University and
the University of Michigan that conducts Great Lakes and marine research,
education and outreach.


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