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Europe’s oldest lake traces 1.4 million years of Mediterranean climate

September 11, 2019

New research by an international team of scientists, led by the University of Cologne and including the University…
Tiny satellites reveal water dynamics in thousands of northern lakes

February 15, 2019

In a finding that has implications for how scientists calculate natural greenhouse gas emissions, a new study finds…
As the climate warms, tens of thousands of lakes may spend winters ice free

January 31, 2019

In many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, frozen lakes define the winter experience and create an indelible sense…
Mercury levels in fish fluctuate along with water levels in lakes

December 21, 2018

A new study has found an unexpected connection between water levels in lakes and toxic mercury levels in…
Beaker containing samples from the 2017 cyanobacteria bloom in western Lake Erie. Image credit: Christine Kitchens.
Lake Erie algal blooms ‘seeded’ internally by overwintering cells in lake-bottom sediments

November 23, 2018

Western Lake Erie’s annual summer algal blooms are triggered, at least in part, by cyanobacteria cells that survive…
Harmful dyes in lakes, rivers can become colorless with new, sponge-like material

August 6, 2018

Dyes are widely used in industries such as textiles, cosmetics, food processing, papermaking and plastics. Globally, we produce…
Zebra mussels in Lake Mendota: the new kid in town

July 19, 2018

The summer’s first blue-green algae bloom turned much of Lake Mendota a thick, putrid green color. Researchers at…
Study finds “hidden harvest” in world’s inland fisheries

June 22, 2018

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says we are dramatically underestimating…
Heavier rains and manure mean more algae blooms

June 13, 2018

The Center for Limnology reported that a toxic algae bloom had begun to spread across Lake Mendota. It quickly led…
Do you ever wonder what happens to the fish in a frozen lake?

March 1, 2018

It is winter in the Northern Hemisphere. The vicious cold has transformed the scattered blue lakes of the…
Arctic lakes are releasing relatively young carbon

February 7, 2018

When Arctic permafrost soil thaws, greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere, but most of the carbon currently…
Researchers use wild rice to predict health of Minnesota lakes and streams

January 31, 2018

By studying wild rice in lakes and streams, a team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota…
Blame it on the rain: Study ties phosphorus loading in lakes to extreme precipitation events

January 18, 2018

While April showers might bring May flowers, they also contribute to toxic algae blooms, dead zones and declining…
Researchers receive EPA grant to study harmful algal blooms in Iowa lakes

January 9, 2018

Iowa State University researchers received a $760,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to study overgrowths of…
A fresh look at fresh water: Researchers create a 50,000-lake database

October 23, 2017

Countless numbers of vacationers spent this summer enjoying lakes for swimming, fishing and boating. But are they loving…
Amid environmental change, lakes surprisingly static

August 24, 2017

In recent decades, change has defined our environment in the United States. Agriculture intensified. Urban areas sprawled. The…
New Dust Sources Resulting From a Shrinking Salton Sea Have Negative Ecological and Health Impacts

August 4, 2017

Scientists at the University of California, Riverside investigating the composition of particulate matter (PM) and its sources at the…
When it comes to biological populations, expect the unexpected

March 30, 2017

Human beings are familiar with the idea of extreme events. Meteorologists keep us up to date on hurricanes,…
Study quantifies role of ‘legacy phosphorus’ in reduced water quality

March 15, 2017

For decades, phosphorous has accumulated in Wisconsin soils. Though farmers have taken steps to reduce the quantity of…
Study shows many lakes getting murkier, but gives hope for improvement

December 1, 2016

A study of more than 5,000 Wisconsin lakes shows that nearly a quarter of them have become murkier…
Ice atop lakes doesn’t necessarily freeze the life down under

November 29, 2016

Life under the ice of freshwater lakes is more amazing — more alive — than anyone thought, according…
Protecting streams that feed Lake Erie will take much work, study finds

September 15, 2016

While current efforts to curtail agricultural runoff will improve the health of Lake Erie, much more work will…
Antarctic lakes provide glimpse of ancient forest fires and modern human impacts, study finds

June 14, 2016

The perpetually ice-covered lakes in Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valleys preserve the dissolved remnants of black carbon from thousand-year-old…
Inland waterways emit more carbon than expected

June 2, 2016

Washington State University researchers have found that greenhouse-gas emissions from lakes and inland waterways may be as much…
New Science Challenges Old Assumptions about Harmful Algal Blooms

June 1, 2016

The first-ever National Lakes Assessment of toxins from harmful algal blooms challenges several long-held assumptions, including the extent,…
What lies beneath West Antarctica?

April 29, 2016

Three recent publications by early career researchers at three different institutions across the country provide the first look…
Dynamic Model Helps Understand Healthy Lakes to Heal Sick Ones

April 11, 2016

Development of a dynamic model for microbial populations in healthy lakes could help scientists understand what’s wrong with…
More than 700 miles of Great Lakes shoreline potentially vulnerable to Straits of Mackinac oil spills

April 4, 2016

More than 700 miles of shoreline in lakes Huron and Michigan are potentially vulnerable to oil spills if…
Scientists say invasive species impacts much worse than thought

March 23, 2016

A new study shows the economic and ecological impact of invasive species in the Great Lakes has been…
Researchers Invent Low-Cost Method to Monitor Lakes for Airborne Toxins

January 26, 2016

Researchers with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire have invented a low-cost method…
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