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The USGS Land Cover Institute (LCI)


  Michigan Land Cover
Capital Lansing
Largest City Detroit
Area Ranked 11th
Total 56,803.82 sq mi
Population Ranked 8th
Total (2000) 9,938,444
Density 175/sq mi
Elevation
Highest point Mt. Arvon, 1,979 ft (603 m)
Lowest point Lake Erie, 571 ft (174 m)
Michigan Land Cover

Michigan consists of two peninsulas, each of which has its own distinct land cover characteristics. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is sparsely populated and is dominated by forest and wetland cover. The land cover of the northern third of the Lower Peninsula largely resembles that of the Upper Peninsula; however, it features a mixture of urban areas and agricultural ground on land that was once forested prior to Michiganís settlement in the 19th century. The stateís largest city is Detroit and is one of the major port cities of the United States and a traditional automotive manufacturing center. The Great Lakes of Huron, Erie, Superior, and Michigan border the state offering opportunities for transportation, shipping, and recreation. Inland, Michigan has over 11,000 lakes with Houghton, Torch, and Charlevoix Lakes being the largest.