14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Bridge Lights over the Straits of Mackinac
The Straits of Mackinac is one of history's most unique waterways in that it served as the center for commerce and trade between native cultures and the first European explorers to North America for several hundred years. The Straits mark the meeting place of the mighty waters of Lakes Michigan and Huron, and the resultant power and unpredictable nature of the currents here make these challenging waters to navigate for the 100s of freighters carrying raw materials and finished goods through the region. Recently there has been serious contention about the natural gas pipeline running below the waters here, because of the devastating effect that could result from a spill along the Straits.
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