The Rise and Fall of the Great Lakes (1968)

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In this short documentary from conservationist Bill Mason, he illustrates that although the Great Lakes have had their ups and downs, nothing has been harder to take than what humans have done to them lately. In the film, a lone canoeist lives through the changes of geological history, through Ice Age and flood, only to find himself in the end trapped in a sea of scum.

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  1. I saw this in my Geology class in college in Colorado (I grew up near Syracuse NY)- it is great. A touch of humor with education. I had a VHS of this years ago but it didn’t work last time I went to use it while teaching some classed. I thought it was great for all ages and really makes you think. Very well done, excellent narration, graphics, and music adds a lot to it!! Glad I found your site. I could never remember what it was called except it was a geologic history of the great lakes.
    In this time when the Congress/House wants to cut EPA funding everyone should take a look at this then at why the EPA was formed (go to their website for the history). I hope we really don’t to back to relying on industry to police itself. I didn’t like it when you couldn’t swim in many of the waters in the Central NY/Lake Ontanio area.

    Thanks for the movie, I am book marking. I may be furloughed soon but hope to donate to the cause! once I know what is going on!!

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