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Urban Sprawl in the Great Lakes Region, USA – May 31st, 2013

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May 31st, 2013 Category: Image of the day

USA – May 30th, 2013

Urban sprawl can be generally defined as wide-spread, low-density development that consists primarily of strip commercial developments, such as malls and large office buildings, and housing subdivisions connected by new, wide roads and boulevards. The subdivisions are set apart from other development and built within a specific price range, and people are dependant on their cars to get them from one place to another. With sprawl, fewer people occupy more land and as the people spread out, so do the buildings, roads and houses.

The Great Lakes region is losing its rich farmland and other greenfields to urban sprawl at an alarming rate, and the environment and the residents are paying the price. Many cities of the Great Lakes region, such as Chicago (upper left, on the shores of Lake Michigan), Detroit (above, center, on the northwestern shores of Lake Erie) and Cleveland (southeast of Detroit, on the southwestern shores of Lake Erie), are seeing their businesses and residents move to the suburbs, forever destroying open spaces and leaving behind cities of abandoned buildings with fewer tax payers.

With little or no land use planning to protect greenfields, farm fields and rural countrysides and ecologically important habitats such as wetlands have been carved up. More roads were needed to connect the new development to downtown, which invited more development on the outskirts and the cycle continues today. As more people and businesses move out to former greenfields, fewer taxpayers are supporting older towns and cities, leaving them to deteriorate (click here for more information).

Sediments in Lakes Huron, Erie and St. Clair, USA and Canada

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November 26th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Sediments

USA - November 9th, 2010

Sediments are present in the North American Great Lakes, turning their waters various shades of blue and green. Lake Huron (above) shows some bluish sediments along theĀ  southeastern coast and greenish sediments in a bay to the west, but the central parts of the lake are deeper and dark blue.

All of the visible waters of Lake Erie (below), on the other hand, are clouded by green and tan sediments, as are those of the smaller Lake St. Clair (between Erie and Huron). The city of Detroit, Michigan, USA, can be seen west of the lake.

Sediments in Lakes Erie, Huron and St. Clair, USA and Canada

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November 17th, 2010 Category: Lakes

USA - November 8th, 2010

Lake Erie (below), one of the North American Great Lakes, is full of greenish swirls from sediments. Lake Huron (above) also shows some sediments along the coast, but the waters further away from the shoreline are much clearer.

Visible between the two great lakes is the smaller Lake St. Clair, also containing swirls of sediments. The city of Detroit, Michigan, USA, can be seen west of the lake. The land to its east, on the other hand, belongs to the province of Ontario, Canada.

Sediments in Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie and Lake Huron Near Detroit

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October 21st, 2010 Category: Lakes, Sediments

USA and Canada - October 14th, 2010

Lake St. Clair, the heart-shaped lake in the upper right quadrant, and the western extreme of Lake Erie (lower right quadrant), appear various shades of blue and green due to the presence of sediments.

The city of Detroit in Michigan, USA, and its surrounding suburban areas can be seen extending westwards from the spot where the two lakes, meet. The land between the two lakes (on the right side of the image), on the other hand, belongs to the province of Ontario, Canada.

Upon opening the full image, parts of Lake Huron can be observed as well. The lake’s Saginaw Bay, to the upper left, is filled with bright green sediments. It is located on the eastern side of the state of Michigan and has an area of 1143 sq mi.

Lake St. Clair Between Lakes Huron and Erie on the USA-Canada Border – November 21st, 2009

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November 21st, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

USA - November 8th, 2009

USA - November 8th, 2009

Lying near the center of this image is Lake St. Clair, between Lake Huron to the north and Lake Erie to the south. It is connected to the former by the St. Clair River, and to the latter by the Detriot River.

West of the lake is the state of Michigan, USA, while to the east lies the Canadian province of Ontario. The city of Detroit, USA, and its extensive suburbs can be seen on the western shores of the Detroit River, while the city of Windsor lies on the eastern shores in Canada.

The lake is part of the Great Lakes system, although it is rarely counted as one of the Great Lakes. Here, Lakes St. Clair and Erie appear bluish-green and clouded with light tan sediments. Lake Huron, on the other hand, appears dark blue except for a small area framing its southern shores.