Lakes and rivers

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Record snowmelt, raging rivers across America's West claim 21 lives

Raging rivers caused by record snowmelt claimed lives of at least 21 people across the America's West so far this season, forcing officials to close sections of rivers popular with swimmers, rafters and fishing enthusiasts. In Utah and Wyoming, some rivers...

June 13, 2017

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Slims River disappears in 4 days as glacier retreats

A retreat of the massive Kaskawulsh Glacier in northern Canada has caused the Slims River to change its course and join the Kaskawulsh River on its way toward to the Gulf of Alaska. It is the first known case of what is known as 'river piracy' in modern...

April 18, 2017

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Lake Baikal on the verge of unprecedented environmental catastrophe

Lake Baikal, the 25 million-year-old lake, and UNESCO's heritage site, is on the verge of environmental catastrophe, Russia's environmentalists warn. The proposed Mongolian hydro project could potentially disrupt the inflows and cause a tsunami of water in...

June 08, 2016

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Lake Mead reaches record low for the second year in a row, US

The surface level of Lake Mead at the Hoover Dam stood at 327.36 m (1 074.03 feet) above sea level on May 25, 2016. The last time it was this low was in 1937, when water managers were still filling the reservoir and putting finishing touches on the Hoover Dam. The...

June 02, 2016

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Rapid decline in glacier coverage of the Cordillera Blanca contaminating surrounding waters, Peru

70% of the world's tropical glaciers are based in the Peruvian Andes and are responsible for providing local communities with drinking water and the water supplies for agriculture, energy production and tourism. According to new research, glacier coverage of the...

January 13, 2016

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Lake Poopo on the verge of drying out, Bolivia

Lake Poopo, the second largest lake in Bolivia, after Titicaca has almost dried up. The event prompted Victor Hugo Vasquez, the Governor of Oruro province to declare a state of natural disaster on December 19, 2015. The lake which used to extend over more than 4 610...

December 22, 2015

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NOAA predicts significant harmful algal bloom in western Lake Erie this summer

NOAA and its research partners predict that western Lake Erie will have a significant bloom of cyanobacteria, a toxic blue-green algae, during the 2014 bloom season in late summer. However, the predicted bloom is expected to be smaller than last year’s intense

July 11, 2014

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Mysterious brown foam and fish deaths at Lake Mead, USA

Mysterious brown foam was found floating on the Lake Mead's surface on June 9/10, 2013. Park officials urged people to avoid the Overton Arm, after several dozen carp were found dead. Nevada Department of Wildlife is investigating the fish

June 13, 2013

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Great Lakes water levels reached record lows

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers measured record low water levels in two of the North America's Great Lakes, Michigan and Huron. The water levels at Lake Michigan and Lake Huron reached the lowest level from 1918, since modern record-keeping began. Water levels at

February 10, 2013