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Lighthouse Odyssey
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and Beyond
--Lake Superior:
Story and Spirit

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NEW!--Discovering
the Penokees

Lake Superior:
Story and Spirit

--Reviews
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Wild Lake Michigan

The Northern Lights: Lighthouses of the Upper Great Lakes

NEW! Penokee Hills Calendar

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--Growing Up Wild
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Price reduced on the comprehensive book
Lake Superior: Story and Spirit --
now only $28.95!
To order, click here.

 

"Where Will You Stand?" -- video to raise awareness about the need to protect the Penokee Hills (music by Jenny Mahan)
New Book Now Available!

Discovering the Penokees
by Joel Austin

 

New 2015 Penokee Hills Calendar
Now Available!

"That's not a lake, that's an ocean!"--
a common response when first viewing the open horizon of a Great Lake.

#5310-12C5_08 Misty Sunrise at Chippewa Harbor, Isle Royale (Lake Superior)

MANY IMAGES
ARE ON OUR PHOTO GALLERIES
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we are continuing to add photos,
so please visit often.

#18-8192B Aurora Borealis

#1125C2_04 Loons in Morning Mist
Note: These images are displayed for your viewing pleasure, but it is illegal to take them off our web site--for any use, without our written permission. All images on this website are copyrighted.
Did you know?--

--There are 5 vast inland seas in the heart of the North American continent, holding 20% of the world's freshwater--Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario.

--The Great Lakes include the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area (Lake Superior), and the longest stretch of freshwater dunes on Earth (Lake Michigan).

--The world's largest concentration of lighthouses is in the Great Lakes (more than 200 on the United States coastline).

--Wolves, moose, and elk wander the wilds of the upper lakes region.

--The Great Lakes ecosystem sustains many rare species, including: the largest concentration in the world of globally rare ram's-head lady's slipper orchids; the dwarf lake iris, known to exist only at the northern ends of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron; and the globally rare lake sturgeon.

Ram's-head Lady's Slippers
Dwarf Lake Iris
--More ship traffic passes through the Soo Locks (between Lake Superior and Lake Huron) than through the Suez Canal.

--A freighter traveling from a European port to Duluth, Minnesota (at the western end of Lake Superior) travels about the same distance through the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes as it did in its transatlantic crossing.

--The lakes experience a Lilliputian tide, but seiches have been known to wash people off piers, and tear boats from their moorings.

--Great Lakes maritime history is as rich as that of the oceans.
"I have seen the storms of the Channel, those of the Ocean, the squalls off the banks of Newfoundland, those on the coasts of America, and the hurricanes on the Gulf of Mexico. No where have I witnessed the fury of the elements comparable to that found on this fresh water sea."
-- Francis Count de Castelnau, 1842, writing of a Lake Michigan storm.

--Some of the most ancient bedrock on the planet cradles portions of the Great Lakes--approaching 3 billion years in age.

--At the north end of Lake Superior, Earth's crust is still recovering from the last glaciation, rising in some areas at a rate faster than that of any active North American mountain range.

--The Great Lakes region has a long and unique history of providing groundbreaking ecological research and applying that understanding to human activity in the ecosystem.

--The concepts of ecosystem management, and Virtual Elimination of persistent toxic substances by Zero Discharge of human inputs, were born in the Great Lakes area and formally committed to by the U.S. and Canadian governments.

All images and text Copyright © John & Ann Mahan, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

The goal of Sweetwater Visions® is to increase awareness of the beauty, interconnectedness, power, fragility, and rich heritage of these Sweetwater Seas.
With the Great Lakes ecosystem as a primary focus, we explore
universal themes and connections that apply to the entire planet.


More information on: THE GREAT LAKES, GREAT LAKES ISSUES,
LAKE SUPERIOR, LAKE MICHIGAN, ISLE ROYALE

For information on books we offer on Great Lakes subjects:
Lake Michigan
, Lake Superior, Lighthouses, Wisconsin's Penokee Hills

For information on our DVD programs
Lake Superior: Story and Spirit, Great Lakes Lighthouse Odyssey, Isle Royale and Beyond

For information on Great Lakes MUSIC by Jenny Mahan, click here.

Click here for information on other Great Lakes items, and on ordering.

Visit our GREAT LAKES PHOTO GALLERIES

Click here for information on Elderhostel/Road Scholar Courses: "Isle Royale and Lake Superior"

For information on Wallpaper Images for your computer desktop, click here.

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