Monday, November 02, 2020

Fun with Maps - The Upper Peninsula (U.P.) of Michigan

 In this episode of Fun with Maps, host Dan Hanson looks at the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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 About 71% of the earth is covered in water but it’s mostly salt water. The Great Lakes are the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth by total area, and second-largest by total volume, containing 21% of the world's surface fresh water by volume. 

Great Lakes from space

Great Lakes from space

Map of Michigan - Lower and Upper Peninsulas

The Yoopers sense of humor

The Yoopers sense of humor

The Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan is bounded by 3 of the Great Lakes – Superior, Michigan and Huron.  

The 5 mile Mackinac Bridge connects the lower part of Michigan with the UP.  The UP contains 29% of the land area of Michigan but just 3% of its total population.  

The Yoopers who live there have a large Finnish population. 

It’s a fascinating area and host Dan Hanson had a lot of fun with this map. He also quotes the great Plain Dealer sportswriter Terry Pluto who is a regular visitor.

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