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                              MN SEA GRANT
                              NEWS RELEASE
11/26/07
Contact: Marie Zhuikov, mzhuikov@umn.edu, (218) 726-7677

Ask a Scientist: How Not to Make a Lake

Come to a free screening of the independent film, "Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea." Delving into the importance of clean water to communities and wildlife, this offbeat film gets friendly with the natives of the Salton Sea, a saltwater lake located just minutes from urban Southern California. Created through a civil engineering mistake a century ago, the sea is plagued by massive fish kills, rotting resorts, and 120-degree nights. The award-winning film details the sea's progression, from its heyday as the "California Riviera" where boaters and Beach Boys mingled in paradise to its present state as a decaying, forgotten ecological disaster that contains lessons for us on the shores of Lake Superior.

Stay afterwards for a Q&A session with California director Chris Metzler and water experts Rich Axler (UMD's Natural Resources Research Institute) and Jesse Schomberg (Minnesota Sea Grant) who will relate the movie's message to freshwater lakes.

The screenings, hosted by Minnesota Sea Grant, will take place on:

Tuesday, December 4, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Cook County High School Auditorium
Arrowhead Center for the Arts
51 W 5th St., Grand Marais, MN

Wednesday, December 5, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
University of Minnesota Duluth
Life Sciences Bldg., Classroom Auditorium 185
1110 Kirby Dr., Duluth, MN

Learn more about the free "Ask a Scientist" discussions, visit www.seagrant.umn.edu/news/aas. "Ask a Scientist" is inspired by the internationally successful Café Scientifique and backed by Nova scienceNOW.

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