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Soo Locks [1]

Established in 1837, the Soo Locks are a set of locks b/w Lake Superior & Lake Huron in the town of Sault Ste Marie, Michigan.  Most of the main commercial ships pass through the US side of the locks (what you see here) while private boats can take a smaller one on the Canada side.  On the US side, there are four locks, the MacArthur, Poe, Davis, & Sabin Locks.  Lake Superior, which is 21 feet (6.4 metres) higher than Lake Huron, had a natural set of rapids at this location (St. Mary's River) which posed an issue for transportation.  The locks were built to adjust for water levels b/w ships, allowing easy passage to & fro the lakes.  Here one can see the Mesabi Miner, which came from Lake Superior & is sitting in the lock w/ a dam behind it as the water level is slowly lowering it down to the elevation level of Lake Huron.  A nearby visitor center documents the major ships passing through the locks each day & I just happened to catch one of them since there were only three arriving during mid-morning hours.  Two others had arrived from Lake Huron & were raised to Lake Superior's elevation.  Today the locks are the busiest in the world, mostly for iron ore transportation from Minnesota down to the Rust Belt region.  One can even do tours on a boat & experience the locks in person.  In grade school, we had to learn about the Soo Locks & I vividly remember taking a field trip here to see it in person.  Look in the backdrop to see the tall International Bridge, the only vehicle access route from Sault Ste Marie, Michigan to Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada.


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Copyright: William L
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 12804x6402
Taken: 29/08/2017
Uploaded: 29/08/2017


Tags: soo locks; st marys river; sault ste marie; sainte; saint; michigan; lake superior; great lakes; canadian shield; lake huron; mesabi miner; canal; national historic landmark; upper peninsula; up
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