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Summer vacation researching lakes
The Journal Gazette (8/25)
Steve Park, a seventh-grade science teacher from Riverview Middle School in Huntington, Ind. spent a portion of his summer on an Environmental Protection Agency research vessel.

Senators announce funding for University of Michigan project
WKZO - Washington, D.C. (8/25)
Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin say that a grant for the University of Michigan will help develop models to protect Lake Erie from the effects of algal blooms.

Residents get hands-on lesson about Maumee River conditions
WTVG 13 ABC - Toledo, OH (8/25)
More than two dozen people took a two-hour look at the Maumee River and nearby facilities that impact its condition. The tour, hosted by the Lake Erie Waterkeeper, was especially important this year because of the growing algae bloom in Lake Erie.

Save the River looks to boost its education program
TWC News - Syracuse, NY (8/20)
A volunteer for a non-profit dedicated to protecting the St. Lawrence River has published a book to benefit the cause.

Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance aims to raise awareness of Bay City's schooner Appledore, other STEM teaching tools
MLive (8/20)
Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance ambassadors and board members, joined Bay City, Mich. area educators and members of the media for a STEM excursion aboard the schooner Appledore IV.

Local teachers travel to study lakes
The Journal Gazette (8/4)
An Indiana high school teacher and his brother were among the group of educators who took part in a weeklong summer program at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich., as part of the Great Lakes Teacher Institute.

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Do the Great Lakes have tides?
from Jean in Milton, Massachusetts and Thor in Davisburg, Michigan

The same forces are at work on lakes as on oceans -- the moon pulls on inland lakes, too. However, you won't find large tides on lakes as you do on oceans; lakes just don't have enough water in them for large tides to occur.

Dr. David Hollander -- a specialist in lake systems at Northwestern University -- was asked about tides on inland lakes. He said that the Great Lakes sometimes experience slight changes in water levels over short time scales, and in spring, there's a substantial influx of water due to melting of winter snows farther north. Yet, none these changes in water level can be called a true tide.

Click to see larger image. However, there is some disagreement on the subject. According to the Canadian Hydrologic/Hydrographic Service, the Great Lakes experience tides from 1 to 4 cm, the strongest being on Lakes Superior and Erie. These tides are often masked out by meteorologically induced phenomena, such as a seiche (pronounced "sayshe"). When wind pushes down on one part of a lake, the water surface rises in another part, producing waves (most noticeable on Lake Erie because the lake is so shallow).

Read TEACH's segment, Great Lakes water levels, for more information; if you'd like a more in depth explanation, download the Great Lakes Commission's Living with the Lakes brochure.

Thank you both for your question!


Answered on October 1, 2000

 

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