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Unformatted text preview: Earth Sc 2WW3: The Great Lakes: Introduction, People and Impacts What are the main characteristics of the system? • Have played a major role in the history and development of the United States and Canada • More than 10% of the population of the U.S. Pollution and the Great Lakes • Sensitive to the effects of: • Vulnerable to direct atmospheric pollutants • Outflows from the Great Lakes • Relatively few pollutants enter the Lake Lake Superior • The second largest • Home to about 20% of the total population of the basin Lake Michigan • Cottage destination for many Canadians and Americans Lake Huron • The smallest of the lakes • • The shallowest of the five lakes Lake Erie • Major urban industrial centers: Hamilton, Toronto • Discharges into the St Lawrence River Lake Ontario Geology of the Great Lakes • Foundation was set about 3 billion years ago, during the Precambrian era • Valleys created by the river systems formed the basins for the Great Lakes Mineral Resources • Uranium • Copper & Zinc • Gold & Silver • Iron ore Soils of the Great Lakes...
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This note was uploaded on 06/06/2011 for the course ENV SCI 4EA3 taught by Professor Padden during the Spring '11 term at McMaster University.

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