Great Lakes Literacy Principles

Introduction to the principles

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Eight Principles

  1. Bodies of fresh water:
    The Great Lakes, bodies of fresh water with many features, are connected to each other and to the world ocean.
  2. Natural forces formed the Great Lakes:
    Natural forces formed the Great Lakes; the lakes continue to shape the features of their watershed.
  3. Influence on weather and climate:
    The Great Lakes influence local and regional weather and climate.
  4. Habitable:
    Water makes Earth habitable; fresh water sustains life on land.
  5. Diversity of life and ecosystems:
    The Great Lakes support a broad diversity of life and ecosystems.
  6. Interconnectedness:
    The Great Lakes and humans in their watersheds are inextricably interconnected.
  7. Much to be learned:
    Much remains to be learned about the Great Lakes.
  8. Significance:
    The Great Lakes are socially, economically, and environmentally significant to the region, the nation and the planet.