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A Great Lakes Literate Person …

  • Understands essential principles and fundamental concepts about the characteristics, functioning, and value of the Great Lakes;
  • Can communicate accurately about the Great Lakes’ influence on systems and people in and beyond their watershed; and
  • Is able to make informed and responsible decisions regarding the Great Lakes and the resources of their watershed.

A Great Lakes Literate Person Knows ...

  1. The Great Lakes are bodies of fresh water with many features that are connected to each other and to the world ocean.

  2. Natural forces formed the Great Lakes; the lakes continue to shape the features of the watershed.

  3. The Great Lakes influence local and regional weather and climate.

  4. Water makes Earth habitable; fresh water sustains life on land.

  5. The Great Lakes support a broad diversity of life and ecosystems.

  6. The Great Lakes and humans in their watersheds are inextricably interconnected.

  7. Much remains to be learned about the Great Lakes.

  8. The Great Lakes are socially, economically, and environmentally significant to the region, the nation and the planet.

Are you Great Lakes literate? The Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) in the Great Lakes and California, and the Great Lakes Educators of Aquatic and Marine Science (GLEAMS) offer a guide, Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Great Lakes Learning, that can be downloaded for free at: http://greatlakesliteracy.net.

By Sea Grant Staff
June 2011

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