Caves In Great Lakes No Longer Safe To Visit - Picture Highlights Here

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Meanwhile, on Lake Michigan, the pier and lighthouse at Little Traverse Bay in Petoskey, Michigan, is surrounded by thick ice. The lakes contain nearly one-fifth of the world’s surface supply of fresh water.



The coast guard icebreaker Mackinaw maintains a shipping lane on the St Marys river linking Lakes Superior and Huron. The freeze keeps the coast guard’s fleet of nine icebreakers busy clearing paths for vessels hauling essential cargo such as heating oil, salt and coal. 



Some 35,000 visitors have trudged miles over Lake Superior to explore the caves. ‘Seeing them like this is almost a once-in-a-lifetime experience,’ superintendent Bob Krumenaker said.

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