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Great Lakes Information Network.

The Great Lakes Great Lakes, group of five freshwater lakes, central North America, creating a natural border between the United States and Canada and forming the largest body of freshwater in the world, with a combined surface area of c.95,000 sq mi (246,050 sq km).  Information Network (GLIN GLIN Global Legal Information Network
GLIN Great Lakes Information Network
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) is a partnership of public and private organizations managed by the Great Lakes Commission The Great Lakes Commission is an eight-state compact United States agency established in 1955 through the Great Lakes Basin Compact, in order to "promote the orderly, integrated and comprehensive development, use and conservation of the water resources of the Great Lakes Basin," , an eight-state compact agency. The GLIN website, located at, serves as a central online source for information about the Great Lakes region The Great Lakes region can refer to:
  • Great Lakes region (North America)
  • African Great Lakes region
. A strong network of state, provincial, federal, and regional partner agencies and organizations populate the GLIN with essential information for use by policy makers and others with an interest in the region.

The site's homepage is divided into six different topic sections, plus a daily news page featuring current news articles, press releases, announcements, and links to information about lake conditions and weather forecasts. Visitors can sign up to receive daily news or to submit stories.

The Great Lakes section of the site features an interactive map of the region. Clicking on different geographic areas brings up state-, province-, or lake-specific news as well as links to general resources (such as governmental programs, state facts, and information on Sea Grant programs), economic profiles, environmental information, and tourism sites.

The Environment section of the GLIN site groups information into five topics, each with several subtopics. The main topics are Air and Land, Water, Flora and Fauna, Pollution, and References. Subtopics include sustainable development Sustainable development is a socio-ecological process characterized by the fulfilment of human needs while maintaining the quality of the natural environment indefinitely. The linkage between environment and development was globally recognized in 1980, when the International Union , air toxics, human health, toxic contamination, and environmental justice, among many others. This section also provides an overview of the Great Lakes natural environment and general resources including an online atlas of the region published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), independent agency of the U.S. government, with headquarters in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1970 to reduce and control air and water pollution, noise pollution, and radiation and to ensure the safe handling and , back and current issues of Environment Canada's Science and the Environment Bulletin, and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation's summary of environmental law in North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. .

Similarly, the Economy section includes information grouped under the main topics of Business Development, Business and Environment, and References, with agriculture, energy, economic development, and transportation among the subtopics.

Aimed specifically for teachers, the Education portion of the site features free online "mini-lesson" modules for students in elementary through high school. Subjects covered in the lessons include the natural environment, geography, and pollution. The natural environment module features information on water diversion out of the region, invasive species
See also: Introduced species

Invasive species is a phrase with many definitions. The first definition expresses the phrase in terms of non-indigenous species (e.g.
, and protection of water quality. The causes and effects of Great Lakes pollution is the main focus of the pollution unit, which also includes a section on urban sprawl. An online glossary helps students with unfamiliar terms used throughout the modules.

The Maps and GIS (geographic information systems geographic information system (GIS)

Computerized system that relates and displays data collected from a geographic entity in the form of a map. The ability of GIS to overlay existing data with new information and display it in colour on a computer screen is used primarily to
) section of the site offers resources to help visitors customize their own Great Lakes map using GIS data (searchable by topic, region, or organization), online mapping tools, and a gallery of free downloadable maps. The types of maps offered range from ecological assessment maps to satellite images.

Finally, the Tourism section of the site, with its extensive list of local recreational, cultural, and historical offerings, provides one small hint of the richness of this magnificent natural resource we call the Great Lakes.
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Author:Dooley, Erin E.
Publication:Environmental Health Perspectives
Date:Mar 1, 2005
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