How Does Water Move in the Great Lakes Basin?
You are familiar with the water cycle. The sun heats the surface of the earth, water evaporates, water vapor rises in the atmosphere cools and condenses, precipitation falls and then water flows in the streams, rivers, lakes and oceans. In this activity you will find out how water moves in the Great Lakes system.
When you complete this activity you will be able to:
- Locate and identify the Great Lakes on a map.
- Identify the connecting waters.
- Define water basin.
- Begin an analysis of the flow of water.
How Well Do You Know the Great Lakes?
Many people, including a large portion of those who live close to the Great Lakes, do not a have a basic understanding of the individual characteristics of and the differences between the lakes. Since it is difficult to understand many of the Great Lakes issues, such as global climate change, pollution, and water use without a basic understanding of the lakes, this activity is designed to help visualize the differences in volume, shoreline length, human population distribution, and fish populations of the Great Lakes.
After completing this activity, students will be able to:
- Compare and contrast the differences between the Great Lakes in water volumes, length of shoreline, human population distribution, and the amount of fish harvested from each lake.
Students remove measured amounts of water from a five-gallon bucket, simulating the amount of fresh water available on earth.