If you grew up in the U.S., you know that H.O.M.E.S. is more than just a mispunctuated word. It's the acronym used to remember the five Great Lakes: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior. These vast yet insulated bodies of water serve as a gateway for species travel, provide picturesque shorelines (take, for example, Chicago's historic Lake Shore Drive) and have long been summer swimming playgrounds.
On a scientific level, the Great Lakes provide much ecological and biodiversity to explore. Ever heard of gigantic goldfish inhabiting lakes? What sunken treasures have been discovered? Dive in and explore what lies beneath the surface of the Great Lakes.