Summary: The Great Lakes Watershed

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The Great Lakes Watershed at a Glance: Lake Michigan and Lake Huron The Great Lakes of the United States of America is known worldwide for its vast collection of fresh water. Nestled in with the Midwestern area of the country, one will find the Great Lakes Watershed. While commonly known as the five Great Lakes of (Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, Lake Superior, and Lake Ontario), together the lakes can be referred to as the Laurentian Great Lakes. While in many ways the lakes are observed as a singular entity, they each are also contain individualistic components, giving them defining qualities. Within all the lakes however, keeping in mind these defining qualities, are diverse ecosystem/ecosystems filled with diverse habitats,
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Lake Huron which “includes Georgian Bay, is the third largest of the lakes by volume” (Waples et al. 2008, p. 74) at “850 cubic miles, but it is the second largest Great Lake by means of its surface area of 22,973 square miles” (Great Lakes Map, 2017). Lake Huron’s average depth is “194 feet and has a maximum depth of 748 feet” (Great Lakes Map, 2017). Since Lake Huron is “the fifth largest freshwater lake in the world” (Lake Huron Facts and Figures, 2017) on behalf of its surface area including Georgian Bay, “Georgian Bay is large enough to be among the world's 20 largest lakes, and Georgian Bay and Saginaw Bay are the two largest bays on the Great Lakes” (Lake Huron Facts and Figures, 2017). Lake Huron has “the longest shoreline of the Great Lakes, counting the shorelines of its 30,000 islands” (Lake Huron Facts and Figures, 2017) with the shoreline length, including islands, at “3,827 miles” (Lake Huron Facts and Figures, 2017). Of Lake Huron’s islands, it’s largest island, Manitoulin Island, is “the largest freshwater island in the world” (Lake Huron Facts and Figures, 2017) and for the size of Georgian Bay it's “nearly separated from the rest of Lake Huron by Manitoulin Island and the Bruce Peninsula” (Lake Huron Facts and Figures,…show more content…
Several native fish to Lake Michigan include; Lake Trout, Sea Lamprey, Deepwater Sculpin, Yellow Perch and Burbot (Tsehaye et al., 2014). However, these fish live in very different areas of the water and prefer different water temperature. Per the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Menominee, White Sucker, and Longnose Sucker fish are all bottom feeders. They prey on aquatic insects, fish eggs, small clams and crayfish. White Suckers prefer warm, shallow waters, but Longnose Suckers prefer cold, deeper waters. There are various fish that cannot be found deeper than 20-30 feet such as Largemouth Bass and Yellow Perch. Largemouth Bass are significantly larger in size and will often grow longer than 20 inches, while Yellow Perch are much smaller. On average, Yellow Perch grow to be between 4 and 10 inches long. The Largemouth Bass will prey on aquatic insects, but also eat minnows and other small fish. Within the Great Lakes, there are some species of fish that live in rocky areas. Brook Trout and Rock Bass are two fish that can be found in shallow, rocky water. Both Brook Trout and Rock Bass mostly feed on aquatic insects and can sometimes be found under logs and undercut
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