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Significant Harmful Algal Bloom In Western Lake Erie Predicted This Summer
2014-07-11 03:13:09

NOAA Headquarters NOAA and its research partners predict that western Lake Erie will have a significant bloom of cyanobacteria, a toxic blue-green algae, during the 2014 bloom season in late summer. However, the predicted bloom is expected to be smaller than last year's intense bloom, and considerably less than the record-setting 2011 bloom. Bloom impacts will vary across the lake's western basin and are classified by an estimate of both its concentration and how far it spreads....

NASA Satellites Monitor Great Lakes Ice
2013-11-14 08:15:18

[ Watch the Video: A Better Way To Monitor Great Lakes Ice Cover ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Scientists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) looked to the stars for inspiration as they developed a new technique that can be used to monitor the ice cover of the Great Lakes. The technique, which was developed by Son Nghiem of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California and George Leshkevich of the...

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2009-03-24 08:29:51

The Great Lake's ice cover has gradually reduced by 30 percent since the 1970s, causing the biggest source of freshwater to become vulnerable to evaporation and poor water levels, say the scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The scientists are worried about how the placid winter weather may influence the environment. However, they are also working to come to terms with the juxtaposition of the situation. The barely freezing weather that may melt the lake ice...

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2008-08-16 18:15:00

Lake Michigan's ecosystem is being threatened by a quick producing, tiny snail. The invasive creature has scientists worrying about the lake's balance. The New Zealand mud snail joins a rapidly growing list of nonnative species moving into the Great Lakes, threatening to disrupt the food chain and change the local environment. The snails reproduce asexually and in large numbers, and have no natural predators in North America, said Kevin Cummings, a scientist who works for the Natural History...

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2008-05-29 03:35:00

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Throughout the overlooked depths of Lake Michigan and other Great Lakes, a small but important animal is rapidly disappearing. Until recently, the animal - a shrimplike, energy-dense creature called Diporeia - was a major food source for commercially important species like lake whitefish and many prey fish upon which salmon, trout and walleye rely. Scientists are employing new research methods in a quest to explain their population freefall, which threatens to...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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