My Scientific Summer
Look at Me!
Ground water seepage caused crazy colors like this blue, and many others, earning the shoreline the name, Pictured Rocks.
This is a picture of the Upper Tahquamenon Falls, the bigger of the two Falls, and we could hear it roaring from half a mile away as we walked toward it.
The Shipwreck Museum
The original bell of the Edmund Fitzgerald, which sunk in Lake Superior during a storm in 1975, is now kept at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.
The Science of it...
The storms that sink ships are part of the water cycle. This cycle includes four steps that repeat, and they are evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and collection. The water in Lake Superior evaporates, turning from a liquid to a gas, and condenses to form clouds. Once there is enough water vapor in the air, it precipitates, or rains/snows, depending on the temperature. Then, the water collects again in Lake Superior, and the process starts over.
- Which minerals cause what colors at Painted Rocks?
- Can other types of rock be stained, or just sandstone?
- Are there similar rock formations in other parts of the world?
- How many ships have sunk on Lake Superior?
- What causes ships to sink most often?
- How tall was the biggest wave on Lake Superior?