Coastal comparison



The Great Lakes coastline is one of the longest in the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The federal agency compared the total miles of Great Lakes coastline with the total miles of the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coastlines.

Here’s how it stacks up against the Atlantic coastal states:

Great Lakes vs. Atlantic Coastlines

Here’s how the Great Lakes coasts stack up against the Pacific coast states. If it wasn’t for Alaska, the Great Lakes coastline would dominate these states:

Great Lakes vs. Pacific Coastlines

And it’s not even a contest when compared to the Gulf Coast states:

Great Lakes vs. Gulf Coastlines

More information can be found at the agency’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory website.

The laboratory researches the environment to provide information about resource use and sustainability of Great Lakes ecosystems.


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