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Green Visions
A Northland Morning feature focusing on local environmental issues, heard Wednesdays at 8:20 a.m. Green Visions is brought to you by All Energy Solar, Minnesota Power Energy Conservation Program, and Energy Plus.

Green Visions: "Winter Grab" hopes to reveal new information under the ice

Lake Superior as seen from Stony Point, 2/6/2022
Terese Harwood [with permission]
Lake Superior as seen from Stony Point, 2/6/2022

So much of what we know about the ecosystem of the Great Lakes comes from research done in the warmer months. The simple reason is that it is harder to gain access to be on the water in months where the lake is intermittently covered with ice, often treacherous and unnavigable. Plus, the winter months find many science educators busy teaching students on land. But that means so much of the annual life cycles of these enormous freshwater lakes remain unknown. Kirill Shchapov, a PhD candidate and researcher at the University of Minnesota Duluth Large Lakes Observatory, compares this to skipping half of a novel, leaving much of the story untold.

Researchers across the Great Lakes region are participating in the "Winter Grab" to better understand the ecosystems of the Great Lakes during the winter. Shchapov talks to The North 1033 about what the Large Lakes Observatory and nineteen other institutions are up to on the Great Lakes this winter, a combined effort that could reveal immense amounts of new information.

Chris Harwood is The North 1033’s Production Director and (acting) Program Director, a morning/daytime host, and the host of Soul Village. He is also a musician, a music historian, an audio engineer, and an avid record collector.
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