Lake Michigan falls in a north-south orientation, with its eastern (right-hand) side along the State of Michigan, and its western (left-hand) side mostly along the State of Wisconsin. Left Coast Creative and its blog Lake Michigan’s Left Coast take their names from their home location in a verdant region on Lake Michigan in southeastern Wisconsin.
Forming the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth, the Great Lakes boast a surface area roughly the size of the United Kingdom. They contain 21 percent of Earth’s fresh water. The Lakes are the legacy of glaciers that covered the region in repeated waves; they took their present form at the end of the most recent glacial period, around 14,000 years ago. Retreating ice sheets exposed the basins they had carved and filled with them meltwater. Over time, those glacial waves carried an incredible array of rocks and fossils and, upon melting, dropped them, giving the Great Lakes the multicolored stony shorelines that bring them fame.
Naturally enriched by trade routes, US cities boomed along the southern half of the Great Lakes in the 19th and 20th centuries. Those urban areas now form the massive Great Lakes Megalopolis, which comprises such iconic American cities as Buffalo, NY; Cleveland, OH; Detroit, MI; Chicago, IL; and Milwaukee, WI.
Along the west (left-handed) side of Lake Michigan, some relatively unsullied shoreline still exists. Left Coast Creative aims to celebrate the natural bounty of the region.