International Space Station ISS captured Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. Morning sunglint silhouettes Lake Superior’s shoreline and highlights smaller lakes and mine tailings ponds on the land.

Credit: NASA

The Upper Peninsula is the northern of the two major peninsulas that make up Michigan State, U.S. The Upper Peninsula contains 29% of the land area of Michigan but just 3% of its total population. Residents are frequently called Yoopers and have a strong regional identity. Large numbers of French Canadian, Finnish, Swedish, Cornish, and Italian immigrants came to the Upper Peninsula, especially the Keweenaw Peninsula, to work in the area’s mines and lumber industry. The Upper Peninsula has long been known for its copper and iron resources, with native peoples mining Keweenaw copper as far back as 7,000 years ago. The economy today is based primarily on logging and tourism.

The local scenery on the ground is as follows.


Reference: Shining Light on the Upper Peninsula (NASA Earth Observatory)
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