The Day the Great Lakes Drained Away
(Mackinac Island Press, 2005)
This book introduces readers to the amazing lake floor features under the Great Lakes. The story unfolds with the Great Lakes drained away and revealing huge ridges of rock, craters and shipwrecks! The book prompts thinking of the protection of the Great Lakes and never taking them for granted. The last page of the book includes basic facts about the Great Lakes (maximum depth, volume of water, etc.). The inside cover of the book shows an amazing map of the depths of the Great Lakes in full color!
Author’s personal notes
This book was inspired by seeing some maps of the floors of the Great Lakes from the National Geophysical data Center that revealed some truly amazing features – The Alpena-Amberley Ridge is a resistant ridge of limestone/dolomite that stretches under Lake Huron from northern Michigan to Canada, some 100 plus miles in length and 500 foot drops in some places, - A submerged potential meteor impact crater at the bottom of Lake Ontario, and other incredible features that I had no idea were there. The idea then sprang up to write a Children’s Book to show these incredible features –All I had to do was drain the Great Lakes away to show them! My publisher had the smart idea to work up more of a story line – That really helped in promoting the Great Lakes protection theme of the book.