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Michigan is composed of two peninsulas — the Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula — linked by a 5-mile suspension bridge across the Straits of Mackinac.
With coastlines along four of the Great Lakes, Michigan is made up of around half water, half land. Thousands of lakes, including the inland 31-square-mile Houghton Lake, and over thirty-thousand miles of streams and rivers contribute to the watery terrain. The shoreline stretches for 3,300 miles, making the state an attractive summer destination for mid-westerners and Canadians.
In the northern parts of the Lower Peninsula and on the Upper Peninsula, pine forests are home to black bears, moose, and wolves. The majority of Michigan residents tend to settle in the southern part of the Lower Peninsula near Detroit, Michigan's largest city and the historical site for Henry Ford's automobile company. In addition to the automotive industry, Michigan's economy is fueled by agriculture, electronics, fishing, forestry, mining, and manufacturing.
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