IISD Experimental Lakes Area
IISD Experimental Lakes Area is one of the world’s most influential freshwater research facilities. It features a collection of 58 small lakes and their watersheds in Northwestern Ontario, Canada, as well as a facility with accommodations and laboratories for up to 60 personnel.
By manipulating these small lakes, scientists are able to examine how all aspects of the ecosystem—from the atmosphere to fish populations—respond. In April 2014, IISD, the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada signed three agreements to ensure the facility's long-term operation.
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Nearly all seafood contains mercury, a naturally occurring metal buried deep in the Earth’s crust. At room temperature, elemental mercury is quite dangerous; just a few drops can contaminate an entire room. When heated, the element becomes an odorless, colorless gas that can travel great distances before being absorbed into bodies of water. It can also enter lakes, rivers, and oceans when human activities' waste or runoff flows into the surrounding biomes.
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The Experimental Lakes Area between Kenora and Vermilion Bay is hoping this summer will be busier than the past two summers. Pauline Gerrard is the deputy director and says they have a number of new experiments and their impact on freshwater lakes and rivers.
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Countless lakes in Canada and elsewhere may offer some important insights into how life on Earth began and may also help us grapple with the pressing environmental issues facing the planet today.
ELA Offers A Bursary Again
For the second year in a row, the Experimental Lakes Area is offering an undergraduate bursary for a university student. Pauline Gerrard is deputy director of the ELA and says the David Schindler Bursary is worth $2,000.
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On World Wetlands Day, the world’s 'Great Lakes' are Exhibit A for why wetlands matter: Ted Lawrence
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