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Ice and Sediments in Lake Michigan, USA – April 21st, 2010

43.4N 87.2W

April 21st, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

USA - March 5th, 2010

USA - March 5th, 2010

Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes of North America, and the only one located entirely within the United States. It is bounded, from west to east, by the U.S. states of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. Although this image focuses on the southern section of the lake, parts of all four states are visible. The city of Chicago is also situated on the southwestern shores.

The beaches of the lake’s western coast and the northernmost part of the east coast are rocky, while the southern and eastern beaches are sandy and dune-covered. This is partly because of the prevailing winds from the west which also cause thick layers of ice to build up on the eastern shore in winter. Here, ice can be observed along the southeastern coastline, while greenish sediments or algae border both the western and eastern shores.

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