The Great Lakes Basin - includes five lakes:
Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior (HOMES for short);
eight states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania,
New York, Michigan and two Canadian provinces: Ontario
and Quebec. Map courtesy of the Great Lakes Information Network.
Photos - Pictured Rocks
National Lakeshore, southern Lake Superior (lower left); Edison
Sault hydroelectric dam, eastern Lake Superior (upper left); fishing
on Lake Michigan (upper right); south entry lighthouse, central
Lake Superior (lower right); free floating algae, pediastrum (center).
The five Great Lakes represent the largest surface
freshwater system in the world. They contain enough liquid to
cover the entire United States with 7 feet (2.1 meters) of water!
The State of Michigan alone has 3,300 miles (5,300 kilometers)
of shoreline. Over 33 million people live within the Great
Lakes watershed. Within this module you will learn what makes
the Great Lakes ecosystem so unique and fragile.