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This shot depicts two of Michigan's main symbols -- Mackinac Bridge ("Mighty Mac") and a lighthouse. The state is surrounded by the Great Lakes, therefore lighthouses are necessary to keep shipping traffic from going aground. The straits area which connects Lake Michigan and Lake Huron is particularly treacherous and many vessels have gone down in this area providing some of the best wreck diving in the world.

The Mackinac Bridge spans the straits and connects Michigan's northern and southern peninsulas. Opened in 1957, it was a state of the art accomplishment and was the world's longest suspension bridge with a length of 5 miles (8km). Length of suspension is 8,614 ft (2,626m). Even now after all these years it is still the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere and third longest in the world.

This picture was taken from the ferry heading back towards St. Ignace.

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Additional Photos by Mike Chachich (mdchachi) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 470 W: 14 N: 193] (1612)
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