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2008-08-05 21:00:13

By The Wisconsin State Journal Aug. 5--Why does Madison need a municipal swimming pool when it has so many lakes? Critics of a city pool were fond of asking that question over the last half century. Well, this summer is providing the clearest answer yet: Madison needs a pool because its lakes are in terrible shape. The city has closed a slew of public beaches this summer for days at a time because of blue-green algae that can produce toxic blooms. Warner Park and Spring Harbor...

2008-08-04 09:00:31

By Tina Lam, Detroit Free Press Aug. 4--After a parched summer last year that left docks stranded and boat propellers scraping sandy shallows, the Great Lakes are blissfully -- and surprisingly -- full again this year. Heavy snow and rains since last winter have made the lakes rise. Scientists aren't sure whether this will last, but they're hopeful. The temperatures, moisture and ice cover next winter will be critical. "If we get two more good, normal winters with normal precipitation,...

2008-08-02 21:00:11

By Jerry Zremski The Senate on Friday voted by unanimous consent to ratify the Great Lakes Compact, meaning the landmark agreement to protect the lakes' fresh water has cleared its highest hurdle. The deal between the eight Great Lakes states bans the diversion of lake water to parched states in other parts of the country and to other nations, although it includes an exception for bottled water. The approval came only nine days after Great Lakes senators, including Sens. Charles E....

2008-07-31 18:00:29

By Daniel C. Vock, Stateline.org Jul. 30--Dropping water levels in the Great Lakes are forcing heavy-laden ships to turn around or lighten their loads. Booming Midwest suburbs want to tap Great Lakes water to fuel their growth. And hundreds of miles away, drought-stricken states -- and even New Mexico's governor -- are enviously eyeing the world's largest fresh water source. With those concerns in mind, eight states bordering the Great Lakes have approved and sent to Congress an...

2008-07-31 06:00:03

By Philip Haldiman, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Jul. 31--Our planet isn't the only heavenly body with liquid on its surface. Scientists from the University of Arizona and NASA on Wednesday announced at least one of the large, lakelike features on a moon of Saturn is wet. The moon, Titan, contains liquid hydrocarbons and ethane, scientists said. Besides Earth, this makes Titan the only known body in our solar system with liquid on its surface, NASA said in a press release. The...

2008-07-30 21:00:25

Titan, Saturn's largest moon, has a huge lake filled with liquid gas, U.S. researchers have confirmed. The lake, called Ontario Lacus, covers about 7,800 square miles at Titan's south pole, and is filled mostly with liquid methane and ethane, say researchers at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in Tucson, Ariz. This is the first observation that really pins down that Titan has a surface lake filled with liquid, said lead researcher Robert Brown. The finding,...

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2008-07-30 13:05:00

Scientists have confirmed that at least one body in our solar system, other than Earth, has a surface liquid lake. Using an instrument on NASA's Cassini orbiter, they discovered that a lake-like feature in the south polar region of Saturn's moon, Titan, is truly wet. The lake is about 235 kilometers, or 150 miles, long. The visual and infrared mapping spectrometer, or VIMS, an instrument run from The University Arizona, identifies the chemical composition of objects by the way matter reflects...

2008-07-30 12:00:36

By Dan Egan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 30--The Great Lakes Compact will hit center stage in Washington D.C. today when the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the eight-state agreement governing large-scale water diversions outside the Great Lakes region. The hearing comes just two days after President Bush issued a statement congratulating the eight Great Lakes states for reaching the historic agreement to protect a group of lakes that provide drinking water to more...

2008-07-30 09:00:45

OAK ISLAND, NORTHWEST ANGLE, Minn. _ In July the sun rises here early and stays in the sky late and nearly everyone thinks about fishing. Maybe not the postmaster on Oak Island, Don McClanathan, who opens his small office three days a week. But everyone else. The previous evening here, in a tall bucket beneath a table in a fish cleaning house, a few dozen walleye carcasses pooled themselves in odd shapes. Their fillets had been extracted by anglers who by then were eating dinner or who...

2008-07-30 03:00:29

Two Russian mini-submarines explored the depths of Siberia's Lake Baikal -- the world's deepest lake -- this week, scientists said. Mir 1 and Mir 2 reached depths of 5,184 feet and 5,223 feet, respectively, the Guardian reported Tuesday. The Russians initially said they had gone down 5,512 feet but issued a correction later, the British newspaper said. Back in the 1990s, another research expedition had measured its descent at 5,371 feet. We have gone to the depths of Lake Baikal to find...


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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....

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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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2007-03-16 18:32:33

The Cui-ui, Chasmistes cujus, is a large sucker fish endemic to Pyramid Lake in northwestern Nevada. It feeds primarily on zooplankton and possibly on nanoplankton (such as algae and diatoms). The maximum size of male cui-ui is approximately 21 in (53 cm) and 3.5 lb (1.6 kg) while females reach approximately 25 in (64 cm) and 6 lb (2.7 kg). The life span of Cui-ui is typically about forty years, but the fish do not reach sexual maturity until at least age eight. The Cui-ui is not only a...

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Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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