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Climate Change Issues for Lake Michigan, USA

43.4N 87.2W

May 18th, 2013 Category: Climate Change, Lakes

USA – May 16th, 2013

Lake Michigan (left) is faced with climate change issues. First and foremost, there is concern over changing temperature and precipitation. This may cause lack of ice cover in winter and more evaporation. Warmer and drier conditions will strain water resources throughout NE Illinois. The majority of scenarios projected by scientists show a drop in lake levels.

Sediments in Lake Michigan by Chicago, USA – November 29th, 2012

41.8N 87.6W

November 29th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Sediments

USA – November 28th, 2012

Lake Michigan is the only one of the Great Lakes wholly within the borders of the United States; the others are shared with Canada. Twelve million people live along its shores, mainly in the Chicago and Milwaukee metropolitan areas. Here, Chicago appears as a grey area on the southwestern shoreline. Sediments line the southern shores and can be seen by Chicago.

Lake Michigan has a surface area of 22,400 square miles (58,000 km2), making it the largest lake entirely within one country by surface area, and the fifth largest lake in the world.

Although only the southern half is visible here, the lake is 307 miles (494 km) long by 118 miles (190 km) wide with a shoreline 1,640 miles (2,640 km) long. The lake’s average depth is 46 fathoms 3 feet (279 ft; 85 m), while its greatest depth is 153 fathoms 5 feet (923 ft; 281 m). It contains a volume of 1,180 cubic miles (4,918 km³) of water.

Chicago and Snowfall by Shores of Lake Michigan, USA

41.8N 87.6W

February 14th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Sediments

USA - January 4th, 2012

Sediments line the southern shores of Lake Michigan, one of the North American Great Lakes, USA. The land to the east is dusted with snow, while that to the west, including the city of Chicago visible along the southwestern part of the lake’s shoreline, is snow free.

Lake Michigan is the only one of the Great Lakes wholly within the borders of the United States; the others are shared with Canada. It has a surface area of 22,400 square miles (58,000 km2), making it the largest lake entirely within one country by surface area, and the fifth largest lake in the world. It is 307 miles (494 km) long by 118 miles (190 km) wide with a shoreline 1,640 miles (2,640 km) long. The lake’s average depth is 46 fathoms 3 feet (279 ft; 85 m), while its greatest depth is 153 fathoms 5 feet (923 ft; 281 m). It contains a volume of 1,180 cubic miles (4,918 km³) of water.

Sediments Along Southern Shores of Lake Michigan, USA

41.8N 87.6W

January 8th, 2012 Category: Lakes

USA - December 26th, 2011

Sediments line the southern shores of Lake Michigan, one of the North American Great Lakes. In the full image, the entire lake is visible, and the northern shores are sediment free.

Lake Michigan is the only one of the Great Lakes that is located entirely within the United States. The city of Chicago, Illinois, USA, can be observed by the southwestern shores of the lake, appearing as a grey area.

Chicago on Shores of Lake Michigan, USA

41.8N 87.6W

May 20th, 2011 Category: Lakes

USA - May 1st, 2011

The city of Chicago can be seen in northeastern Illinois at the southwestern tip of Lake Michigan in the lower left quadrant of this image.

Two rivers—the Chicago River in downtown and the Calumet River in the industrial far South Side—flow entirely or partially through Chicago.

Sediments from these rivers and others line the southern shores of Lake Michigan, giving it a greenish frame.

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