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Geography in the News: The Great Lakes’ Mounting Problems
12th August, 2014
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Recent news about an algae bloom on Lake Erie leading to Toledo, Ohio’s municipal water plants closing is just one of the many problems affecting the Great Lakes. Toledo’s 400,000 people were forced to purchase bottled water for two days, focusing the attention of the region on the beautiful Great Lakes’ water quality and environmental issues.

The five Great Lakes contain an astonishing 20 percent of the world’s above-ground fresh water. The surface area of the five lakes is 95,000 square miles (246,050 sq. km.), or nearly twice the size of North Carolina. The lakes contain six quadrillion (or six followed by 15 zeros) gallons (23 quadrillion liters) of freshwater, representing 95 percent of the surface water of the United States.

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