Water Is A Vital Part Of Life On Earth

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Water is a vital part of life on Earth. It is also extremely important to the State of Michigan. There are numerous ways water affects Michigan. However one should know something first of Michigan. The word Michigan in the French form of the Ojibwa word mishigamma is "large water." Michigan is the tenth most populated state, the capital of Michigan is Lansing. Also Michigan is the only state that has two peninsulas. The Lower Peninsula is in the shape of a mitten and that is where the capital can be found. The Upper Peninsula is connected to the Lower Peninsula by the Mackinac Bridge. Michigan is bordered by the Five Great Lakes. The Lakes are Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior. The Upper Peninsula is heavily forested…show more content…
It has taking over a million of years of activity to actually form the rock foundation of Michigan. However the sculpting that was done by the glaciers didn 't happen until the Pleistocene Epoch. The various glacial features that were found in the northern Peninsula was formed largely by a glacier in Lake Superior. The glacier covered a great portion of the northern Peninsula and upon melting the glacier created a series of moraines- which are long lines of ridges composed of boulder like clay which was dumped from the glacier. In certain areas the moraines that were created made the topography usually rough. Other features caused by the glacier are drumlins which cigar shaped ridges, eskers or long, narrow and winding ridges and lastly glacial lakes. (Wilson) Another element that as influenced the structuring of Michigan is erosion. Erosion is the action of a process which removes soil and rock from one location on the Earth 's crust to another location. Sand dunes are an excellent of example of the cycle of erosion, transportation, and deposition. In Michigan the sand dunes are mainly composed of quartz. The reason Michigan even has sand dunes is because of the Great Lakes. The way sand dunes are created is when sediment gathers near the shore, the waves then pound the beach and send the fine grains of size into deep water while the large sized grains are moved nearer the shore. Finally during a storm the sand will form piles of sand and when the sand
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