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North American Lakes Question

Posted February 09, 2005 2:51 AM

Paddy O'Flanigan writes:
Is there a geological / plate tectonics reason why all the really big lakes in North America seem to line up?

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Well, it ain't plate tectonics

02/09/2005 2:33 PM

The U.S. and Canada are both on the North American plate. Besides, I think "line up" depends which map projection you choose to use. The map will look different under different projections. There's a good explanation of how to translate spherical maps onto a plane surfaces here

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Glaciers retreat

03/21/2005 3:01 PM

Glaciers are responsible for the formation of the Great Lakes Region. As they retreated, the glaciers eroded softer rocks (sedimentary) which formed the basins that filled with water.

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