Updated: 03/28/2014 10:41 PM
Created: 03/28/2014 4:47 PM WDIO.com
By: Travis Dill
Northlanders are familiar with Lake Superior, but the massive inland sea still has a lot of secrets. Experts and adventurers gathered in Superior on Friday to talk about the mysteries beneath the waves.
Shipwrecks and the reason why crayfish are disappearing were just a couple of the mysteries that 24 experts talked about at Barkers Island Inn on Friday. One couple even spoke about how long it takes to walk the 1500 miles around Lake Superior.
“It took us 145 days,” Kate Crowley said.
She and Mike Link did it four years ago, and they said the hike was worth it.
“That was the best year of our life, the best summer of our lives, just absolutely inspiring. Everyday was inspiring,” Mike Link said.
The trek showed them how massive the lake really is, but they said that size can make it hard to protect from pollution with residents scattered along the shore.
“That causes isolation, and sometimes people are fighting the same fights in various bays, in different countries, and different states. And they're not sharing because they don't know that issue is somewhere else,” Link said.
The couple said it was a surprise finding pollution in the form of balloons. That insight had a big impact on some students from Superior Middle School.
“When people let balloons into the air they think it's going to stay up in the air, but it ends up dropping on the ground and ends up on the shoreline of Lake Superior,” Zoie Hindmon said.
“It really shows you how much everything affects whatever you do. Everything you do has a consequence,” Niya Wilson said.
But Crowley said the damage done to Lake Superior is mendable.
“We drank right out of the lake when we were on our canoe trip, dipped our cups in, and drank up by Pukaskwa National Park. We know it's still good, but there's so much we have to do to keep it that way,” Crowley said.
Finding a way everyone can work together on protecting the lake is the last big mystery to be solved.
The Lake Superior Binational Forum organized the conference to continue the groups annual tradition of supporting discussion about Lake Superior.
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