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New book traces the history of Lake Superior, a tale of exploitation, recovery, and resiliency

Feb 22, 2018

Whitefish Bay on Lake Superior.
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Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world, is awe-inspiring on many levels. But it’s also challenged. Though it seems pristine, a couple centuries of exploitation have taken their toll.

A new book Sustaining Lake Superior: An Extraordinary Lake in a Changing Worldpublished by Yale University Press, traces the history of the lake and some of the indignities it's suffered at the hands of humans.

Nancy Langston, author of Sustaining Lake Superior and professor of environmental history at Michigan Technological University, joined Stateside to discuss the uniqueness of the lake, its industrial history, the government’s role in protecting and cleaning up the lake, and a vision for the lake’s future.

Listen above for the full conversation.

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