Keith Matheny Detroit Free Press Published 8:00 AM EDT Mar 21, 2019 The Great Lakes Basin has warmed more over the last 30 years than the rest of the contiguous United States — and could warm dramatically more by the end of the 21st Century, a new, first-of-its-kind study of how climate change has impacted the Great Lakes region finds. Among the study's other findings: The number of cold winter days that never reach a 32-degree high temperature could drop significantly — by almost two months under some scientifically modeled scenarios. Areas within the Great Lakes Basin could see an increase of 17 to 40 extremely warm days, with temperatures above 90 degrees, by century's end. More spring flooding and rainfall in extreme precipitation events could occur, disrupting agriculture and causing expensive infrastructure damage and runoff into rivers and lakes that leads to beach closings and algae blooms. Some fish species will be negatively … [Read more...] about Great Lakes Basin warming faster than elsewhere, study says
Depths of the great lakes
By Dr. Darlene Lim, a geobiologist and limnologist at the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute, and Gail Jacobs Dr. Darlene Lim's research interests span Earth and Space Science. She conducts limnological and paleolimnological investigations of remote lakes and ponds in the Canadian High Arctic to characterize Holocene climate change. She has also extrapolated her Arctic work to Mars analog paleolake reconstructions. Darlene led the establishment of the Pavilion Lake Research Project in 2004 and has enjoyed managing and evolving the project ever since. She is also extremely interested in understanding the possible unique nature of Pavilion Lake through the exploration of near-by lakes and the regional geology. Over the past decade, Darlene conducted fieldwork in the Canadian High Arctic, the Antarctic, throughout Central America, Guyana, and northern Chile. She continues to ardently promote the importance of science and exploration through lectures, … [Read more...] about Exploring the Watery Depths of Limnology
CROWDS flocked to Lake Michigan this weekend to marvel at a huge underwater statue of Jesus Christ - which was visible from the surface for the first time in years. The 11ft statue of Christ on the cross - the only such monument placed under fresh water in the world - is around 260 yards from the shore at Petoskey, Michigan. Hundreds headed to the town, near the US-Canada border, on Saturday to gaze at the stunning relic through a hole carved through 5ft of dense ice. The tragic story behind the 1850lb marble statue - which is placed 22ft under in the murky depths of the Great Lake - dates all the way back to 1956. It was then that it was bought following a tragic farming accident in the nearby town of Bad Axe that left a 15-year-old boy dead, according to Inside Edition. His grieving family purchased it from craftsmen in Italy for £2,500 - which in today's money would be worth $23,135 (£17,480). But they refused to keep it after the cross was damaged during shipment across … [Read more...] about Crowds flock to giant 11ft underwater Jesus statue at bottom of Lake Michigan as eerie marble relic can be viewed through ice for first time in years
Storms like last weekend's blizzard and widespread snowfall can happen, in theory, any winter, but large snowfall storms in the US Northeast have been significantly more common in recent years than in previous recorded history. Over the last few years we've seen these large snowfalls happen farther south than usual, as was the case with the 2016 Blizzard. Climate scientists are pretty sure that this blizzard was either outright caused or significantly enhanced (you really can't tell the difference) by human caused global warming. How can a blizzard, a big cold thing, be caused by warming? Because climate is not a simple thing. Just trust me, this was an effect of global warming. Or, if you like, read on, and I'll give you the gory details. There are two factors that needed to come together to make a storm into a large southern-offset blizzardy mess like this one. First, there needed to be cold air tracking farther south than usual, and this happened as a result of trade wind and … [Read more...] about How Did Climate Change Cause The Great More’Easter of 2016?
FLORISSANT • It would seem impossible to miss, a point like no other in the Pikes Peak region, mistaken throughout history as some ancient pyramid or dormant volcano.Yet it is easily passed heading west to the Tarryall Mountains and Puma Hills. It is missed as a heap of rubble beside U.S. 24 is missed.“That pile is as old as 34 million years probably,” says John Rakowski, observing it across the street from the museum, where he is president. It is, he says, likely as old as the Florissant Fossil Beds, the national monument designated long after the natives’ removal.They knew the vast fossil deposits as the Valley of the Shadows, formed by deep time. A volcanic eruption forever altered the once-tropical environment, encasing all former life here. 7 things to see and do in Colorado this winter“Only living things cast a shadow,” says the Ute medicine man’s quote on the museum wall. “This shows that the soul is in the body. These fossil … [Read more...] about The legend of Crystal Peak, treasure-stocked hub of the Pikes Peak region