Illinois shipwrecks: the past, the present, the future
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Illinois shipwrecks: the past, the present, the future

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    Estimates of the number of shipwrecks in the Great Lakes range from 6,000 to 10,000. Several hundred of these valuable resources lie in the Lake Michigan waters that are within the jurisdictional boundaries of the state of Illinois. The state also has a number of other waterways (rivers and canals) that, while not boasting such huge numbers, contain assorted ships and related resources. Lake Michigan bottomlands are home to resources ranging from primitive camp sites and ancient oak stumps to more recent U.S. fighter planes. A captured German submarine from WWI and General Motors prototype cars from the 1920s lie on the muddy bottom. This report addresses a growing concern in the state of Illinois and across the country. It involves artifacts not only on our land, but in our seas, lakes, and rivers as well. These valuable resources are being discovered and destroyed at an alarming rate. It is an issue that must be addressed before it is too late.
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