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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.

Chicago and Des Plaines River, USA

41.8N 87.6W

January 10th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

USA - December 26th, 2010

Part of the city of Chicago and its metropolitan area can be observed by Lake Michigan (upper right corner) in this image. It is the largest city in the state of Illinois.

In the full image, the Des Plaines River can be seen flowing southward through northern Illinois. Its course has a length of 150 miles (241 km) through northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

Chicago and Lake Winnebago by Lake Michigan, USA

41.8N 87.6W

July 28th, 2010 Category: Lakes

USA - June 24th, 2010

USA - June 24th, 2010

The lower half of Lake Michigan occupies the upper right quadrant of this image of the northern United States of America. Although parts of the image are dotted by clouds, cities such as Chicago, Illinois, can be observed on the southern coastline of the lake.

Several other lakes can be seen to the west of Lake Michigan. The largest of these is Lake Winnebago, a freshwater lake and the largest lake entirely within the state of Wisconsin. Lake Winnebago has two primary tributaries, the Wolf River and the Fox River.

Lake Winnebago is about 30 by 10 miles (48 by 16 km), and has a surface area of 137,708 acres (557.28 km2). It has 88 miles (142 km) of shoreline. It has an average depth of 15.5 feet (4.7 m) and a maximum depth of 21 feet (6.4 m).

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.