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2011-12-14 12:04:31

Compounds used in new flame-retardant products are showing up in the environment at increasing concentrations, according to a recent study by researchers at Indiana University Bloomington. The study, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, reports on concentrations of two compounds measured in atmospheric samples collected in the Great Lakes region between 2008 and 2010. Authors are doctoral student Yuning Ma, Assistant Research Scientist Marta Venier and...

Image 1 - Divers Retrieve Prehistoric Wood From Lake Huron
2011-12-13 03:54:49

[ Watch the Video ] Under the cold clear waters of Lake Huron, University of Michigan researchers have found a five-and-a-half foot-long, pole-shaped piece of wood that is 8,900 years old. The wood, which is tapered and beveled on one side in a way that looks deliberate, may provide important clues to a mysterious period in North American prehistory. "This was the stage when humans gradually shifted from hunting large mammals like mastodon and caribou to fishing, gathering and...

Large Lakes Observatory Works Toward Deeper Understanding Of How lakes Function
2011-12-13 03:45:20

[ Watch the Video ] Many parts of the ocean are better understood than some of the Earth's large lakes, despite the fact that these are key reservoirs for much of the fresh water on the planet. Since 1994, scientists at the Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) have been working to change that. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), LLO scientists study the biology, chemistry, physics and geology of large lakes around the world. "As I started doing work in Lake Superior, I...

Genetic Evidence Confirms Coyote Migration Route To Virginia And Hybridization With Wolves
2011-10-26 03:37:47

Changes in North American ecosystems over the past 150 years have caused coyotes to move from their native habitats in the plains and southwestern deserts of North America to habitats throughout the United States. In a new study, published Oct. 17 in the Journal of Mammalogy, researchers from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute´s Center for Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics used DNA from coyote scat (feces) to trace the route that led some of the animals to colonize in...

2011-10-25 14:01:00

Great Lakes Event to Focus on Watershed that Spans States, Lower Canada ERIE, Pa., Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Top researchers and decision-makers from government, industry, academia and environmental groups will meet Oct. 26 and 27 at the ninth State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference (SOLEC) at the Erie Sheraton Hotel on the West Bayfront Parkway. The two-day meeting is jointly hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Environment Canada, with sponsorship from...

2011-10-25 13:32:00

Some nest and winter here, but are they part of our wildlife community? By Joe Kosack, Wildlife Conservation Education Specialist, Pennsylvania Game Commission PYMATUNING, Pa., Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- What in Sam Hill are sandhill cranes doing in Pennsylvania? They don't have much history here; their status was more of a just-passing-through or accidental visitor than anything else. Heck, they don't even have relatives in Pennsylvania. But their growing presence here...

2011-10-24 11:29:00

Site designed to build support to pass federal legislation to keep Asian Carp from entering the Great Lakes LANSING, Mich., Oct. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Tourism Improving Michigan's Economy (TIME) Alliance unveiled radio ads and a special website designed to muster public and industry support to keep Asian Carp out of Michigan waterways. The ads and website (www.StopTheCarpNow.org ), are part of a statewide effort to raise public, media and legislator awareness of the...

2011-10-22 07:00:00

Imagine having a birds-eye view of the Great Lakes coastline anywhere in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan including the shorelines of Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Now you can! The Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) is proud to announce the Great Lakes Shoreviewer a free online imagery tool that provides over 1,400 miles of beautiful color photography for the entire Upper Peninsula shoreline. Madison, WI (PRWEB) October 22, 2011 Great Lakes coastal photos and conservation...

2011-10-11 20:32:37

New scientific research has important policy implications The scope and intensity of mercury pollution in the Great Lakes region is much greater than previously reported, but additional mercury controls should bring needed improvement, according to a new summary of scientific research on the subject. Despite general declines in mercury levels in the Great Lakes region over the past four decades, mercury concentrations still exceed human and ecological risk thresholds, especially in...

2011-10-11 08:49:00

New Scientific Research has Important Policy Implications DETROIT, Oct. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The scope and intensity of mercury pollution in the Great Lakes region is much greater than previously reported, but additional mercury controls should bring needed improvement, according to a new summary of scientific research on the subject. Despite general declines in mercury levels in the Great Lakes region over the past four decades, mercury concentrations still exceed human...


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The Great Lakes And Their Impact On The Weather
2012-07-23 08:58:48

The Great lakes have a huge impact in the weather for the cities that are near the lakes. In the fall and early winter months the lakes can create intense snowfall events known as “Lake Effect Snow”. The reason that this occurs has to do with the water temps of the lakes and also the temps of the air that is moving across them. When an Alberta Clipper system forms in Canada and moves Southeastward towards the US, it brings that cold air and strong Northwest winds over the warmer waters....

A Warm Front On The Weather Map
2012-06-18 16:42:53

If you look at our weather map above you see a warm front extending from Iowa into the Great Lakes region. What a warm front does is separate warm air from cool air. On the north side of the front the temps will be about 15-20 degrees cooler than on the south side of the front. The warm front is depicted on a weather map as having red half circles. The reason for using half circles it to show that advancing of the warm air from the south. Winds ahead of the warm front are from the...

2012-06-14 12:07:52

Symbol: PRPUP Group: Dicot Family: Rosaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Shrub Native Status: L48    N CAN    N Synonyms:   CEPU8 Cerasus pumila (L.) Michx. Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:NY, OH, PA Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta – Seed plants...

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2009-07-21 15:56:27

The snowbelt is a North American region that lies downwind of the Great lakes, where heavy snowfall is common on mostly the eastern and southern shores of the Great Lakes. Lake-effect snow is caused by cold air picking up moisture while crossing the lake and then releasing it as snow when the air cools over land. Throughout much of the winter, lakes produce lake-effect snow and continuously cloudy skies. This phenomenon continues as long as the air temperature is colder than the water...

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2009-01-13 20:29:03

The Yellow Bullhead (Ameiurus natalis) is a species of bullhead catfish. Their range extends throughout the central and eastern US from central Texas north into North Dakota and east through the Great Lakes region to the coast. Its habitat includes pools, backwaters, and sluggish current over soft or mildly rocky substrate in creeks, small to larger rivers, and shallow portions of lakes and ponds. Yellow Bullheads are typically yellow-olive to slate-black on the back and sometimes mottled...

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