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, which transported Hennepin construction aggregate around the Great Lakes early in the 20th century, was the first self-unloading bulk carrier in the world?
created by Great Trail Native Americans connected the Great Lakes region of Canada to New England and the mid-Atlantic and laid the foundation for modern highways?
was the deadliest Great Lakes Storm of 1913 natural disaster to hit the Great Lakes basin region, killing over 250 people?
were massive freshwater lakes covering many times the area of the proglacial lakes of Minnesota Great Lakes at the end of the Wisconsin glaciation?
SS Charles W. Wetmore (pictured) negotiated the St. Lawrence River rapids in 1891 to become the first whaleback ship to operate outside the Great Lakes?
there are 43 designated "
" within the Areas of Concern Great Lakes watershed that show severe environmental degradation?
, built in 1945 as a Aquarama Liberty ship, was converted into the largest passenger ship ever to operate on the Great Lakes?
Erie Land Light (pictured) was the first lighthouse built by the United States Government on the Great Lakes?
, a English Sundew carnivorous plant with wide distribution in the northern hemisphere, originated from a hybrid involving a plant with localized distribution in the Great Lakes area?
, an 80-foot HMS Ontario sloop of war recently discovered at the bottom of Lake Ontario, is the oldest shipwreck and the only fully intact British warship ever found in the Great Lakes?
Michigan, France, and the United States have all sued for claim to the “holy grail” of Great Lakes shipwrecks, French explorer La Salle’s ship Le Griffon (pictured) that sank in 1679?
preserves a historic Savanna Portage State Park portage trail used by Native Americans, fur traders, and explorers to cross between the watershed of the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River?
Spectacle Reef Light (pictured), a lighthouse on Lake Huron, Michigan, has been described as "one of the greatest engineering feats on the Great Lakes"?
, which inhabits the depths of the bloater Great Lakes, swells when brought to the surface?
bloody-red mysid (pictured), a crustacean native to the Ponto-Caspian region, has recently invaded the North American Great Lakes?
artifacts discovered at , Mound Bottom Tennessee show that the site was part of a vast Native American trading network extending to the Great Lakes, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Appalachian Mountains during the Mississippian era?
More interesting facts on Great Lakes
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Question 1: The [31 ] ________ is an efficient feeder, competing with native mussels.
Question 4: Cyprus sank during a Lake Superior storm on October 11, 1907, during its second voyage while hauling iron ore from Superior, Wisconsin, to ________.
Question 5: In the development of ecological problems in the Great Lakes, it was the influx of parasitic lamprey populations after the development of the Erie Canal and the much later ________ that led to the two federal governments attempting to work together.
Question 6: Congress, and was signed into law by President ________ on 3 October 2008.
Question 7: This was, in order of volume: iron ore, grain, and ________ [. citation needed]
Question 8: A similar phenomenon occurs in the ________ region of New York as well as Prince Edward County, Ontario on Lake Ontario's northeast shore.
Question 9: The retreat of the ice sheet left behind a large amount of meltwater (see ________) which filled up the basins that the glaciers had carved, thus creating the Great Lakes as we know them today.