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Geography and Geological History of Lake Huron

Lake Huron is the second largest of the five Great Lakes if measured by surface area and third largest if measured by water volume. It has the largest shore line length of any of the five and contains 30,000 islands. Hydrologically, it is the same body of water as Lake Michigan, separated only by the narrow Straits of Mackinac, and if combined with Lake Michigan, the two bodies of water are the largest freshwater lake in the world. Lake Huron, like the other Great Lakes, was formed by melting ice near the end of the last ice age.

Early History

The French were the first European visitors to this area and by 1656, it was on early European maps and called "Lac des Hurons", which is a reference to its fresh water. Since 1679 it has had an extensive history of shipping activity and reportedly has been the location of over a thousand ship wrecks. In 1913 a storm sank ten ships. The men killed are listed here: http://www.mnhs.org/research

Important Cities on Lake Huron

  • Goderich
  • Sarnia
  • Bay City
  • Alpena
  • Rogers City
  • Cheboygan
  • Tobermory
  • Sauble Beach
  • Saugeen Shores
  • St. Ignace
  • Port Huron

Resources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_along_the_Great_Lakes

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Lakes_census_statistical_areas

https://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3313_3677-15959--,00.html


 

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