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The Great Lakes - Wood Laser Cut Map

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This is a beautifully detailed, laser engraved and precision cut topographical Map of The Great Lakes bordering Ontario in Canada and Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York in the United States, with the following interesting stats carved into it:

SUPERIOR: Area 31,700 Sq Miles

                   Surface Elevation: 591 Feet

                   Mean Depth: 483 Feet

                   Length: 349.8 Miles

HURON: Area: 23,012 Sq Miles

              Surface Elevation: 581 Feet

               Mean Depth: 195 Feet

MICHIGAN: Area: 22,394 Sq Miles

                   Surface Elevation: 577 Feet

                   Length: 307 Feet

ERIE: Area: 9,940 Sq Miles

          Mean Depth: 62 Feet

          Surface Elevation: 571 Feet

ONTARIO: Area: 7,320 Sq Miles

                 Surface Elevation: 243 Feet

                 Length: 193 Feet

                 Mean Depth: 283 Feet

Interesting factoid: The Great Lakes (also called the Laurentian Great Lakes, or the Great Lakes of North America) are a series of interconnected freshwater lakes located primarily in the upper midwest region of North America, on the Canada–United States border, which connect to the Atlantic Ocean through the Saint Lawrence River. Consisting of Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario, they form the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth, containing 21% of the world's surface fresh water by volume. The total surface is 94,250 square miles, and the total volume (measured at the low water datum) is 5,439 cubic miles. Due to their sea-like characteristics (rolling waves, sustained winds, strong currents, great depths, and distant horizons) the five Great Lakes have also long been referred to as inland seas. Lake Superior is the second largest lake in the world by area, and Lake Michigan is the largest lake that is entirely within one country. The southern half of the Great Lakes is bordered by the Great Lakes Megalopolis.

The Great Lakes began to form at the end of the last glacial period around 14,000 years ago, as retreating ice sheets carved basins into the land and they became filled with meltwater. The lakes have been a major highway for transportation, migration and trade, and they are home to a large number of aquatic species. Many invasive species have been introduced due to trade, and some threaten the region's biodiversity. (Not all of this information made it on the map. We just love to read up on the lakes we create maps of).


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