Re: The Great Lakes - shorelines, land bridges, sinkholes
- Stan, thank you for sending the recent MSNBC article, "Scientists
study Michigan land bridge". The 2006 and upcoming 2007 documentary
on "Great Lakes, Ancient Shores" are films I truly don't want to
miss. If any of you come across dates/times/places for either of
these, please post to this site or to a personal email.
That area of research, Stan, may also interrelate to a link I sent
today in regarad to work by Canadian and Michigan geologists on the
continuing discoveries of whale bones found around Lake Michigan.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "minnesotastan"
Scientists study Michigan land bridge
Research is the subject of a documentary about the ancient Great
Lakes The Associated Press
Updated: 12:11 p.m. CT Dec 19, 2006
PONTIAC, Mich. - Scientists hope to learn more about what the Great
Lakes' shorelines looked like about 10,000 years ago. They explored a
limestone land bridge that went from Alpena to Goderich, Ontario a
distance of about 125 miles and an underwater forest of petrified
trees in Lake Huron.
The 2006 research, in which more than 500 dives were made, is the
subject of a documentary film, "Great Lakes, Ancient Shores,
Sinkholes." It premiered recently at the Cranbrook Institute of Arts
in Bloomfield Hills, The Oakland Press reported in a story published
Another study is planned for 2007 and should result in a second
film, "Great Lakes, Ancient Shores," said Luke Clyburn, lieutenant
commander of the Great Lakes Division of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet
Corps and a Great Lakes ship captain.
"What we are learning about the Great Lakes of several thousand years
ago may change the way we think of this area," Clyburn said.
Clyburn and other scientists have been filming in the Great Lakes for
at least 25 years.
There is a petrified forest in 40 feet of water in Lake Huron about
two miles offshore from Lexington, he said. Some of the trees have
been carbon-dated to indicate they are 6,980 years old.
The Straits of Mackinac, a passage between lakes Michigan and Huron,
have been spanned by the Mackinac Bridge since the mid-1950s but
didn't exist several thousand years ago, Clyburn said.
"Lake Michigan was much higher than Lake Huron, and the two did not
join as they do today at the straits," he said. But water from Lake
Michigan seeped underground toward Lake Huron and the two bodies of
water eventually became connected.
Clyburn's current film focuses on a sinkhole in Lake Huron about two
miles from Alpena near Middle Island. In prehistoric times, the
sinkholes were on dry land. Native Americans lived near these
sinkholes because they provided water, which attracted game, he
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