Thousands of tons of polyhalogenated carbazoles found in Lake Michigan, Superior and Huron.
Tracking the amount of plastic that enters the Great Lakes has led researchers from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to conclude that almost 10,000 metric tons of plastic from the United States and Canada pollute these bodies of water.
A new study from the Rochester University revealed that almost 22 million pounds, or 10,000 metric tons, of plastic waste from the United States and Canada enter the Great Lakes every year.
Researchers from the University of Delaware have discovered that migratory birds prefer to travel during the night. Should they still be flying by daybreak, the birds would immediately turn back and head for the nearest shore instead of continuing their journey. Using weather radar to examine the behavior of birds crossing the Great Lakes, the researchers were able to discover this unique behavioral pattern.
For reference, it is larger than Mexico and if melted will create enough water to fill the Lake Superior, which is the largest of the Great Lakes in North America.
Explorers have discovered the remains of a rare ship on Lake Ontario. The sloop is believed to have been built in the long-gone Erie County in 1797 and is considered to be one of the first commercial sailing vessels in the Great Lakes.
The prehistoric beast, alligator gar, will swim the rivers once more to eliminate the invasive asian carp.
In an important campaign to bring in more research money for the unique population of belugas in the St. Lawrence, whose waters are downstream from the industrialized Great Lakes, sponsors are being found as part of the opportunity to "Adopt a Beluga." Wouldn't you like a blubbery, chirpy small whale?
Algae blooms are expected to devastate lakes in the next decades, as a direct result of climate change and warming waters. This could be potentially devastating for local ecosystems and those that depend on these freshwater reservoirs.
A large stain that is spreading in one part of Lake Erie may have its source in a 1937 shipwreck's fuel load. The Coast Guard and others are investigating.
Summer is upon us, and that means one frightening truth for those living around the Great Lakes; soon, their water will start turning disturbing greens, browns, and reds. Soon, signs will start appearing at your favorite watering holes that advise against swimming. And for Lake Erie, the worst harmful algae bloom (HAB) ever measured might be right around the corner.
It's difficult enough to make friends after moving to a new neighborhood but finding love is a whole other can of worms. And when you're not exactly welcome there, the task could seem nigh-impossible. Such is the case for many invasive species, but researchers are finding that these nuisances are meeting at recognizable landmarks to hook up.
To add to the list of factors wreaking havoc on the polluted Great Lakes, an invasive snail species carrying parasites is killing some aquatic birds in the region, and spreading fast, according to reports.
The problem of Asian carp invading the Great Lakes and outcompeting local fish populations for food has been an ongoing one, so Friday the US Congress called for a temporary solution to strengthen defenses and protect native fish until a more permanent plan can be agreed upon.
Officials concerned about Asian carp invading Lake Michigan tributaries are breathing a sigh of relief this week, after no new evidence of invasion was uncovered. Experts are now saying that initial DNA evidence discovered earlier this month was likely just a false alarm.