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ERIC Number: EJ923464
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1559-663X
Michigan: The Great Lakes State
McKay, Sandra Lee; La Luzerne-Oi, Sally
English Teaching Forum, v47 n4 p29-37 2009
Although Michigan is often called the "Wolverine State," its more common nickname is the "Great Lakes State." This name comes from the fact that Michigan is the only state in the United States that borders four of the five Great Lakes. Also referred to as the "Water Wonderland," Michigan has 11,000 additional lakes, 36,000 miles of streams, and 199 waterfalls. It is said that someone could stand anywhere in Michigan and be within six miles of a lake or stream and within 85 miles of the Great Lakes. The name Michigan itself comes from the Chippewa word, "michi-gama," meaning "large lake." This article provides information on the geography, history, major commerce and industry, tourist attractions and activities, and state symbols of Michigan. (Contains 4 online resources.)
US Department of State. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs, SA-5, 2200 C Street NW 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20037. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan