These animated videos created by David J. Schwab of the University of Michigan Water Center with support from the National Wildlife Federation show the wide extent to which an oil spill beneath the Straits of Mackinac could impact Great Lakes ecology, wildlife, and coastal communities. The U-M Water Center is a center of U-M’s Graham Sustainability Institute.
Updated: David Schwab, hydrodynamics expert with the U of M Water Center, has released more exteUniversity of Michigannsive research on the impact of a Line 5 spill at the straits. “When all 840 simulated spills are plotted on a map, a total of 720 miles of shoreline in the U.S. and Canada are considered at risk.”
Case one shows how released oil moves back and forth (oscillating) through the Straits, eventually impacting more than 60 miles of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron shoreline. University of Michigan Water Center.