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Lower Great Lakes levels reveal shipwrecks

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10:21 a.m. CST, December 12, 2012

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — The dropping water levels in the Great Lakes have revealed the remains of a wooden steamer built 125 years ago.

Sections of the 290-foot steamer Aurora and parts of at least four other shipwreck hulks were exposed by the receding waterline at Grand Haven near the edges of Harbor Island. The Aurora is in the Grand River, which flows into Lake Michigan nearby.

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Re: Lower Great Lakes levels reveal shipwrecks

You drinking too much of the water? I note global warming is given as a reason. But the GW gurus admit USA has not had an increase in temps?
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Re: Lower Great Lakes levels reveal shipwrecks

I haven't heard the the global warming theory but I have heard debates about the number of people now getting Lake Michigan water. I grew up in Chicago and back then I think all of Chicago had Lake Michigan water and maybe a few close suburbs. When I moved to a western suburb the water tasted awful because it was all from wells. We got Lake Michigan water about 10 years ago. Now I think there is about 7 million people in Illinois and almost 2 million in Wisconsin getting Lake Michigan water.

Maybe we can tap the melting glaciers and run a pipeline down to the Great Lakes. The oceans won't rise as fast and the Great Lakes will fill up. I'll get on that right away.
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Re: Lower Great Lakes levels reveal shipwrecks

I think you are going to see a lot of these near shore lines, in rivers and bays.

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I have heard debates about the number of people now getting Lake Michigan water.
Don't forget about the threory that major dredging the the St. Clair River to allow deeper draft vessels is allowing more flow down stream.

If you were to ask me, it is just the life cycle of the lake; it was down in the 1930's up in the 1950's down in the '60's and up in the 80's until it's last downward cycle. The argument to this is that it has been down for some time and is not rebounding. I still feel it is a natural cycle. My personal opinion.
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Re: Lower Great Lakes levels reveal shipwrecks

lack of rain and snow in the watersheds, demand for hydro power downstream, more evaporation due to higher air temps and not freezing over as much/as long in the winter, other industrial uses including irrigation (probably not much of that in the great lakes region).
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Re: Lower Great Lakes levels reveal shipwrecks

Last season the water in lake erie was 3' above datum, so one dry year does not a trend make. We need a good snowy winter and consistently cold temps to keep a solid ice cap on the lakes this year to bring water levels back up.
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Re: Lower Great Lakes levels reveal shipwrecks

I think its all the water kept in bottles, swimming pools and people. After all we are what, about 75% water and now there is about 7 billion of us on earth. That has got to have en effect.
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Re: Lower Great Lakes levels reveal shipwrecks

I truely believe that lake Erie is down because it didnt freeze last year and the drought we have been in since last fall. Last summer was the best summer I can ever remember and last winter we really didnt have any snow. My snow blower didnt even leave my garage. This year is looking the same so far. We are more than 14 inches short of average snowfall and the lake is warmer than it should be this time of year. Thank god Buffalo has a deep harbor. We are going to be the new tropics. Embracing the global warming.
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Re: Lower Great Lakes levels reveal shipwrecks

I noticed that there were fewer four alarm fires in North Tonawanda as well.

You KNOW it was an unusually mild winter when the dude in Buffalo didn't have to shovel.
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I noticed that there were fewer four alarm fires in North Tonawanda as well.
and Cheektowaga,Lackawanna and Depew! God, I miss Irv Weinstein!
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