The Great Lakes, along with the rivers and smaller bodies of water that connect them, make up the largest fresh surface water system on our planet. The lakes cover more than 94,000 square miles and hold 6 quadrillion gallons of water. Parts of eight U.S. states and the Canadian province of Ontario are bordered by the Great Lakes, and more than one-tenth of the population of the United States and one-fourth of Canada's population inhabit the Great Lakes region. In this activity you will learn more about this significant geographic resource shared by the United States and Canada.
Destination Title: TEACH Great Lakes
Start at the Great Lakes Information Network's TEACH Great Lakes Web site.
- Click on Geography. This section has three topicsIntroduction to the Great Lakes, How the lakes were formed, and Great Lakes shoreline geology.
- Browse each topic, taking notes as you read. Be sure to look at every page of each topic and to click on the accompanying graphics to aid your understanding. Click on the appropriate section title in the Go To box to move from section to section.
Using the information you gathered from this site, answer the following questions.