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The Great Lakes, Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior, are of great importance to the physical and cultural heritage of North America.  The many resources of the Great Lakes basin have played a major role in the history and development of the United States and Canada. For the early European explorers and settlers, the lakes and their tributaries were the avenues for penetrating the continent, extracting valued resources and carrying local products abroad.

In this lesson, you will learn about the Great Lakes by researching the information via the Internet.  You will use this information in different ways.
You will need to know:

Copy the table included in this site and fill in the information from a factsheet on the physical features and population of the Great Lakes.   With this information you will construct a graph depicting some or all of the information.  You may choose whatever type of graph that best depict the information.

You will use this information to write a report about what you have learned about the Great Lakes.  Include the table and graph in your report.

Other information that is to be included in your report is:

Superior Michigan Huron Erie Ontario Totals
Elevation (feet)
Length (miles)
Breadth (miles)
Average Depth (feet)
Maximum Depth (feet)
Volume (cu. miles)
Water Area (sq. miles)
Land Drainage Area
Total Area (sq. miles)
Shoreline Length (miles)
Population (U.S.)


You will be graded on the accuracy of your information, the readability of your graph, grammar and spelling of your report and your ability to work with the Internet and Microsoft Word.