Echo editor David Poulson reports that the beaches at Lake Malawi in Africa are similar to those found along the North American Great Lakes. The difference? The water is much warmer, the fish much more colorful and in some places there are crocodiles, reports Poulson, who is in Malawi teaching journalists and research scientists to better explain food security issues. There also is a lot less shoreline development. What’s the same?
David Poulson serves an unusual community and has some wacky ideas about how to provoke them. As he wrote for the Knight Citizen News Network, “Try poking your community with a sharp stick and challenging it to interact.”David’s site, Great lakes Echo, is based at Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and is the successor to Great Lakes Wiki. He works with students on on the site, which defines a community around natural resources rather than political boundaries.
Check out this video of U.S. beaches put together with satellite imagery by the good folks at NASA’s Earth Observatory. Two of them are in the Great Lakes region: Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands Sandscape Natural Area and Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes. Good choices. They also happened to rank among the leaders that Echo readers voted as top natural features of the region. That said, only these two Great lakes beaches show up in this compendium of some 29 beaches.
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