Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and dynamic speaker.
She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has authored three books about these adventures.
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While hiking along Lake Michigan north of Empire, I saw an unusual sight:
evidence of an ancient pond now entombed by sand.
Four feet up, a peat layer poked out of the dune.
Black peat layer
Peat layer peaking out
This peat layer is evidence of a pond that was once here. Since it's near the lake, it's likely that it was slowly filled in with blowing sand.