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Video | Oct 6, 2020

These Canadian Scientists Actually Experiment on Real Lakes

IISD Experimental Lakes Area is, of course, the world’s freshwater laboratory and is an exceptional natural laboratory comprised of 58 small lakes and their watersheds set aside for scientific research.

But it’s also a beautiful hidden oasis full of people, lives, stories and lots and lots of fish.

Discover all about the world’s freshwater laboratory by watching this short film…

Commentary | Aug 25, 2020

BACK TO BASICS: What is a lake?

There are no silly questions in science. So, if you have always wondered what the exact definition of a lake is, but have been too afraid to ask, allow us to explain…

Research highlights | Jul 23, 2020

What Happens When Oil Spills Into a Freshwater Lake?

With approximately 840,000 km of oil and gas pipelines in Canada and 3.9 million km in the United States, we can always learn more about what occurs should one of those pipelines or railcars leak into nearby freshwater lakes.

This is what researchers at IISD-ELA have discovered so far.