Lake Superior

Superior is the largest of the Great Lakes, and ranks as the second largest in the world by surface area. It is 350 miles long and 160 miles wide, with an average depth of 489 feet. 

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For Michael Childers, ice makes getting around a little easier.

When it's thick enough, the ice on Lake Superior creates a makeshift road between Bayfield, Wis., and Madeline Island, the small resort island where Childers and about 250 others live year-round.

But for the second year in a row, warmer winters have made it necessary for the ferries that usually don't operate during winter to continue to run.

National Park Service

Across the Great Lakes, 2016 brought a lot of conflict, with battles over water diversion, petroleum pipelines and other issues.  


NASA

This cool satellite image from the NASA Earth Observatory, taken on Dec. 14, shows a veil of clouds over the western Great Lakes.

NASA captured the image with the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite. NASA says it can detect "faint light sources — in this case, the reflection of the full moon on the fresh snow."

The $40 million fine that Princess Cruise Lines will pay to settle criminal allegations of illegal dumping illustrates a much broader problem. It impacts the Great Lakes and waters all around the United States, Great Lakes Today Managing Editor Dave Rosenthal told Here & Now in an interview.

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

Nov. 10 marks the anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald -- and thanks to the song by Gordon Lightfoot, it's arguably the most well-known wreck on the Great Lakes.

In 1975 the freighter, loaded with a low grade iron ore called taconite, was headed toward the Detroit area when it hit a vicious storm on Lake Superior. All 29 crew members died.

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