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A close look at the Big Drink

Upper Peninsula State Roundup

January 1, 2010


A close look at the Big Drink

For Michigan Tech University, this is the big one that didn’t get away.

This past fall, the university received approval from the state Legislature to break ground on a new $25 million, 49,000-square-foot building that will house the Great Lakes Research Center.

The center, located in the Keeweenaw Peninsula at the tip of the Upper Peninsula, will house a range of research facilities, including labs for fisheries, sediment processing and mass spectrometry (to sample and analyze sediment), hydrology, exotic species and meteorology. This diversity of research will allow the center to study a broad range of disciplines and pressing environmental issues in the Upper Great Lakes, including habitat destruction and invasive and native species.