Great Lakes

NASA

Why It's a Big Deal That Half of the Great Lakes Are Still Covered in Ice

What happens when it all melts? Read on. 

The Great Lake's Massive Ice Cap Could Bring a Cooler Summer

The expanding sheet could set a modern record for coverage.

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Weird 'Ice Boulders' Wash Up on Lake Michigan

They look like snowballs that would dent a tractor.

Flickr

Chicago's Waterfront Identity Crisis

North Lake Shore Drive is both a beloved highway and a treasured park. As the city revamps it, can it continue to be both?

NOAA

The Pacific Trash Vortex Has a Counterpart in the Great Lakes

Scientists monitoring Lake Erie have found tons of harmful plastic debris known as microplastics or "nurdles."

NASA

For Cleveland, Climate Change Could Mean Tons of Toxic Green Algae

Heavy agriculture and global warming are aligning to produce nasty algae blooms in the Great Lakes, scientists says.

It's Not Just the East Coast: Chicago Could See Waves as High as 23 Feet

Hurricane Sandy's impact won't spare the Midwest.

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Just 20 Fish Could Overtake the Great Lakes

How a small population might lead to big problems for a $7 billion fishing industry.

Rebecca Cook / Reuters

A Regional Vision for the Great Lakes

A 100-year plan for the region focuses on harnessing abundant freshwater to fuel an economic rebirth

A worker at the General Motors Cruze assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio. (Reuters/Aaron Josefczyk)

Signs of Recovery in the Great Lakes

Manufacturing job growth rates in the region are looking up, but there's still a long way to go