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Late, Great Lakes: An Environmental History
The Late, Great Lakes is a powerful indictment of man's carelessness, ignorance, and apathy toward the Great Lakes. With the longest continuous coastline in the United States, they hold one-fifth of the world's freshwater supply. Author William Ashworth presents a compelling history of the Great Lakes, from their formation in the Ice Age, to their "discovery" by Samuel de ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 1st 1987 by Wayne State University Press
(first published 1986)
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Ashworth takes us across the Great Lakes, blending history and geology with a first-person narrative to describe the absolute beauty of the scenery on North America's Fifth Coast. The first quarter of the book or so talks about the discovery of the Great Lakes by Europeans and their subsequent drive to tame the vast waters, use them for commerce and ultimately exploit their resources and navigation channels for a new nation. First it was fur, then trees, then metal, each industry ravishing the l ...more
Reading a 30 year old work of nonfiction is, many times, a dicey situation. Much can change in such a time period and this is the case for this book. High lake levels at the time this book was written are no longer and the lakes are at a historically low level. Many of the problems written of persist and have been joined by new ones. Invasive species continue to be a problem, pollution is always a problem, and out of basin diversions big and small are a question. There was little talk about bott ...more
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