According to the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists, Coastal Erosion at this Southern area of Lake Michigan has been an issue of concern. In recent years, the rising sea level has caused an increase in erosion of bluffs surrounding Lake Michigan. This erosion has resulted in loss of beaches, land and properties. An analysis performed by USGS scientists revealed that bluffs in this southern area are retreating at rates between 10 and 75 centimeters per year, with some erosion rates at 300 centimeters per year. While the eroded sediment typically feeds the nearshore beaches, structures constructed to protect the bluffs reduce the amount of available sand. In addition, the lack of deposited sediments has increased the effects of wave action on the lakebed, further accelerating coastal retreat.
To claim a "found it" for this cache, you must do the following.
Your task: Post a picture of you (optional), with your GPS, at the coordinates listed. Please show the informational sign in your photo. Please be sure your photo doesn't reveal answers to the questions in part two below. We look forward to seeing your pictures.
Email the answers to these questions. Send your email at the same time you log your find.
1. What has been placed along the shoreline of this area to help reduce the effects of erosion?
2. Inferring from the information on the sign, what is Wisconsin's #1 resource?
3. What did the Native Americans call the lake?
4. The Great Lakes provide what percentage of the entire world's fresh surface water?
Note: Park hours are 6 am to 10 pm. This cache is winter friendly and handicapped accessible. Free parking is available nearby, except during some summer months. Note: some construction is occuring near the site, which may effect parking and accessibilty at the moment. The Geocache Notification Form has been submitted to of the Wisconsin DNR. Geocaches placed on Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource managed lands require permission by means of a notification form. Please print out a paper copy of the notification form, fill in all required information, then submit it to the land manager. The DNR Notification form and land manager information can be obtained at: www.wi-geocaching.com/hiding The Geocache Notification Form has been submitted and approved by Lakeshore State Park manager Tom Kroeger.
Congratulations to Huugglez on being first to log!
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