History

For centuries, the Great Lakes have served as an important food source and trade route for people living along their shore. Today, that rich history is a draw for tourists as well as divers interested in the lakes' thousands of shipwrecks. 

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Elizabeth Miller/ideastream

The Cuyahoga River has come a long way from that infamous 1969 fire – and it’s getting better every day.

Along with three other rivers in Ohio, the Cuyahoga is on the U.S. EPA’s Area of Concern List, which includes places hurt by industry and development. The river has 10 problem areas or impairments – loss of fish habitat and fish population, among others.

Tom Kowalczk/CLUE

Cleveland Underwater Explorers may have discovered Lake Erie’s oldest shipwreck, the Lake Serpent.


What's it like to dive for a shipwreck in Lake Erie?

David VanZandt knows.  He's the director and chief archeologist for Cleveland Underwater Explorers (CLUE), a group that's discovers shipwrecks in Lake Erie. 

Historical Collection of the Great Lakes/Bowling Green State University

The Margaret Olwill was on its way to Cleveland at the end of June 1899, carrying 900 tons of limestone and 12 passengers. 


by ANGELICA A. MORRISON

The Great Lakes states have produced several influential African-Americans in the sciences.

There’s astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson -- he’s from New York. And nuclear scientist J. Ernest Wilkins Jr., who attended the University of Chicago at the age of 13.


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