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Mapping the Great Lakes

Check out this monthly Great Lakes Now feature created by Alex B. Hill

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Mapping the Great Lakes: Snowfall in the snowbelt
- by Alex Hill

Another environmental oddity of the Great Lakes region is the existence of snowbelts or large areas impacted by lake effect snow.

Mapping the Great Lakes: Pumpkin production
- by Alex Hill

The majority of pumpkin acres in Illinois are devoted to varieties that get turned into pie filling or other food products. By comparison, just 3% of pumpkin acres in Michigan are devoted to production.

Mapping the Great Lakes: Where do you live?
- by Alex Hill

Thirty million people live within the Great Lakes Watershed, which make up roughly 10% of the US population and 30% of the Canadian population.

Mapping the Great Lakes: Underwater discoveries await
- by Alex Hill

Hundreds of shipwrecks have been mapped out but researchers believe more are out there.

Mapping the Great Lakes: Can you do an EV road trip around the five lakes?
- by Alex Hill

Are there enough charging stations to drive your electric vehicle to the most scenic places in the Great Lakes? Our mapping expert answers that question.

Mapping the Great Lakes: Carrying Cargo
- by Alex Hill

There are billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs in Great Lakes shipping.

Mapping the Great Lakes: How old are our cities?
- by Alex Hill

Aging housing is prevalent all around the region, but in some cities the old infrastructure lingers more than in others.

Mapping the Great Lakes: Power up
- by Alex Hill

Around the region, you can find power plants for hydro, solar, wind, coal and more. In this map, see where those plants stand.

Mapping the Great Lakes: Where to find your sugar maples
- by Alex Hill

Tapping maple trees for their syrup has been a Great Lakes region tradition for a long time – Indigenous groups on both sides of the lakes have been sugaring maple trees for thousands of years.

Mapping the Great Lakes: Lighthouse search
- by Alex Hill

The Great Lakes coastline is practically outlined in lighthouses, many of which now serve as historical sites and vacation rentals.

Mapping the Great Lakes: What’s in a Great Lakes name?
- by Alex Hill

What really makes a region? Is it geographic boundaries, interdependent economics, cultural connectivity or a general shared sense of place?

Mapping the Great Lakes: Find the wind turbine clusters around the region
- by Alex Hill

Many areas in the Great Lakes region hold a large number of wind turbines, and significant plans to increase funding for alternative energy programs are underway in the U.S. and Canada.

Mapping the Great Lakes: Find out if Lake Huron water ends up in your faucet
- by Alex Hill

Where do we get our water? It’s a critically important and highly regulated question, yet it took some digging to find the answers.

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