The Living Great Lakes

Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas

Author: Jerry Dennis

Publisher: Macmillan


Category: Nature

Page: 336

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Award-winning nature author Jerry Dennis reveals the splendor and beauty of North America’s Great Lakes in this “masterwork”* history and memoir of the essential environmental and economical region shared by the United States and Canada. No bodies of water compare to the Great Lakes. Superior is the largest lake on earth, and together all five contain a fifth of the world’s supply of standing fresh water. Their ten thousand miles of shoreline border eight states and a Canadian province and are longer than the entire Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States. Their surface area of 95,000 square miles is greater than New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island combined. People who have never visited them—who have never seen a squall roar across Superior or the horizon stretch unbroken across Michigan or Huron—have no idea how big they are. They are so vast that they dominate much of the geography, climate, and history of North America, affecting the lives of tens of millions of people. The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas is the definitive book about the history, nature, and science of these remarkable lakes at the heart of North America. From the geological forces that formed them and the industrial atrocities that nearly destroyed them, to the greatest environmental success stories of our time, Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario are portrayed in all their complexity. A Michigan native, Jerry Dennis also shares his memories of a lifetime on or near the lakes, including a six-week voyage as a crewmember on a tallmasted schooner. On his travels, he collected more stories of the lakes through the eyes of biologists, fishermen, sailors, and others he befriended while hiking the area’s beaches and islands. Through storms and fog, on remote shores and city waterfronts, Dennis explores the five Great Lakes in all seasons and moods and discovers that they and their connecting waters—including the Erie Canal, the Hudson River, and the East Coast from New York to Maine—offer a surprising and bountiful view of America. The result is a meditation on nature and our place in the world, a discussion and cautionary tale about the future of water resources, and a celebration of a place that is both fragile and robust, diverse, rich in history and wildlife, often misunderstood, and worthy of our attention. “This is history at its best and adventure richly described.”—*Doug Stanton, author of In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors and 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award Winner Winner of Best Book of 2003 by the Outdoor Writers Association of America

The Great Lakes at Ten Miles an Hour

One Cyclist's Journey along the Shores of the Inland Seas

Author: Thomas Shevory

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press


Category: Travel

Page: 248

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The Great Lakes are a remarkable repository of millions of years of complex geological transformations and of a considerably shorter, crowded span of human history. Over the course of four summers, Thomas Shevory rode a bicycle along their shores, taking in the stories the lakes tell—of nature’s grandeur and decay, of economic might and squandered promise, of exploration, colonization, migration, and military adventure. This book is Shevory’s account of his travels, shored up by his exploration of the geological, environmental, historical, and cultural riches harbored by North America’s great inland seas. For Shevory, and his readers, his ride is an enlightening, unfailingly engaging course in the Great Lakes’ place in geological time and the nation’s history. Along the northern shore of Lake Huron, one encounters the scrubbed surfaces of the Canadian Shield, the oldest exposed rock in North America. Growing out of the crags of the Niagara Escarpment, which stretches from the western reaches of Lake Michigan to the spectacular waterfalls between Erie and Ontario, are the white cedars that are among the oldest trees east of the Mississippi. The lakes offer reminders of the fur trade that drew voyageurs to the interior, the disruption of Native American cultures, major battles of the War of 1812, the shipping and logging industries that built the Midwest, the natural splendors preserved and exploited, and the urban communities buoyed or buried by economic changes over time. Throughout The Great Lakes at Ten Miles an Hour, Shevory describes the engaging characters he encounters along the way and the surprising range of country and city landscapes, bustling and serene locales that he experiences, making us true companions on his ride.

Living at a Lighthouse

Oral Histories from the Great Lakes

Author: LuAnne Gaykowski Kozma

Publisher: Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 103

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Great Lakes Restoration Management

No Direction, Unknown Progress : Hearing Before the Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia Subcommittee of the Committee on Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, First Session, July 16, 2003

Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Governmental Affairs. Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia



Category: Environmental protection

Page: 286

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United States/Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement

Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight of the Committee on Public Works and Transportation, U.S. House of Representatives, Ninety-ninth Congress, Second Session, July 30, 1986

Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Public Works and Transportation. Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight



Category: Canada

Page: 240

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Protecting our Great Lakes

ballast water and the impact of invasive species : hearing before the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs of the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, first session, September 9, 2005

Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Government Reform. Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs



Category: Ballast water

Page: 133

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The Dismal State of the Great Lakes

Author: James P. Ludwig, Ph. D

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation


Category: Nature

Page: 274

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"Ludwig tells powerful stories about places, people and environmental issues. He narrates with unfl inching honesty his experiences investigating and tracking down the culprits in continuing environmental contamination. He rises to meet the beauty and grace of the Great Lakes with lively tales of decades out on their waters as a researcher. This book is an indispensable part of the Great Lakes literary canon." Dave Dempsey, author of "On the Brink: The Great Lakes in the 21st Century" and "The Blanchard Connection". "Ludwig has written a monumental compendium about the largest source of fresh water in the world, a life support system whose function he reveals has been under siege. It refl ects what happened as peer reviewed science, public health, and common sense were set aside and corporate-creep infected the chambers where policy decisions are made. It also parallels the same problem where humanity is now under siege from a growing list of epidemics of endocrine-related disorders the problem fi rst reported by Ludwig and his cronies back in the early 80s." Theo Colborn, Ph.D President, The Endocrine Disruption Exchange

Lake Levels in the Great Lakes

Field Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, April 18, 2008 (Green Bay, WI).

Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment

Publisher: Government Printing Office


Category: Electronic books

Page: 91

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Transportation of Grain Between United States Ports on the Great Lakes During 1951 by Vessles of Canadian Registry

Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Maritime Affairs ... Eighty-second Congress, First Session on H.R. 3436 a Bill Authorizing Vessels of Canadian Registry to Transport Grain Between United States Ports on the Great Lakes During 1951. May 2 and 16, 1951

Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries. Subcommittee on Maritime Affairs



Category: Grain trade

Page: 45

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