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TEACH Shoreline Geology

6 | Human impacts and the future

Seawall. Click for larger image. Our Great Lakes shorelines are threatened today by human impacts, such as shoreline housing development, tourism, and erosion. We need to ensure that we don't destroy what took nature millions of years to create. In December 2000, TEACH Great Lakes will explore the issue of human impacts on shorelines as well as the causes and problems of erosion. Come back soon to read further!


Great Lakes Atlas. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Environment Canada, 1995.

Living with the Lakes. Great Lakes Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1999.

The Conservation of Biological Diversity in the Great Lakes Ecosystem: Issues and Opportunities. US Environmental Protection Agency and The Nature Conservancy, 1994.

Maynard, Laurie and Doug Wilcox. Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands. State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference (SOLEC), 1996.

BeachWatch, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program

Pasadena City College: Sand

National Park Service: Wetlands

Shelton, Napier. Superior Wilderness: Isle Royale National Park. Houghton, Michigan: Isle Royale Natural History Association, 1997.

Parratt, Smitty and Doug Welker. The Place Names of Isle Royale. Houghton, Michigan: Isle Royale Natural History Association, 1999.

Graphic: seawall

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