GBF is partnering with CurrentCast to share information that they develop with other partners about water stewardship and sustainability in the Great Lakes and surrounding watersheds. CurrentCast is a project of the Center for Transformative Action based at Cornell University. CurrentCast content is owned by ChavoBart Digital Media, Inc. The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University provides scientific content support and reviews all editorial idea for the initiative.
Why Michigan’s lower peninsula is shaped like a mitten…on this CurrentCast..Let’s go back about 14,000 years to what’s now the Great Lakes region. Back then, the entire area was covered with a sheet of ice that averaged a half-mile thick, but was up to four times that in some places.As temperatures warmed, the melting glacier moved slowly toward Canada, its massiveness gouging the land beneath it, leaving behind a handful of deep depressions.Meltwater filled those newly created basins and…voila! The Great Lakes were born—although they didn’t take their final form for a few thousand more years.So thanks to a glacier, we have five fantastic freshwater lakes and the familiar Michigan “mitt,” a hand-y landmark that is easily recognizable from space.
Biodiversity & Georgian Bay
Georgian Bay Forever is working with the University of Guelph to create a library of all the aquatic species in Georgian Bay. This library will be an important tool for protecting the ecosystems in the future. Learn more.