Dave at the Laurentian Divide
At the highest point of the The Edge of the Wilderness National Scenic Byway is the Laurentian Divide, the state's major continental divide separating streams that flow to opposite sides of the continent. On one side of this geographic site, the divide directs the water northward to empty into Hudson Bay and on to the Arctic Ocean. On the other side, water flows southward into the Mississippi River and eventually into the Gulf of Mexico. The Laurentian Divide is a part of a vast, flat and rocky platform of land that extends from west-central Minnesota through central Canada. It was the first part of the North American continent to be elevated above sea level. From the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway, the Divide extends eastward to Lake Superior and towards Canada along the North Shore. To the west, the Divide extends all the way to the Rocky Mountains.
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