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Web 2.0 Research Tools - A Quick Guide

A guide on 20 selected Web 2.0 tools for research purposes...

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Low levels in Great Lakes a growing concern for this region - Windsor Star (blog)

Low levels in Great Lakes a growing concern for this region - Windsor Star (blog) | The Great Lakes | Scoop.it
Low levels in Great Lakes a growing concern for this regionWindsor Star (blog)Levels in Lake Huron and Lake Michigan are approaching record low conditions this summer, spelling bad news for this area unless rainfall considerably increases, said an...
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Lake Superior Agates

Lake Superior Agates | The Great Lakes | Scoop.it
Find out where to hunt for Lake Superior agates and just what makes a Lake Superior agate so special.

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The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald: Historical Documents

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald: Historical Documents | The Great Lakes | Scoop.it

This video includes historical documents and underwater video footage of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald that has never been released to the general public.


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SCUBA SCOOP/latest dive stories: Long-lost shipwrecks discovered in Lake Huron

SCUBA SCOOP/latest dive stories: Long-lost shipwrecks discovered in Lake Huron | The Great Lakes | Scoop.it

A team of underwater explorers has found two long-lost shipwrecks in northeastern Lake Huron.
Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary on July 2011 announced the discovery of the schooner M.F. Merrick and the steel freighter Etruria in deep water off Presque Isle.

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Possible lost world found in Lake Huron

Possible lost world found in Lake Huron | The Great Lakes | Scoop.it
The recovery of a mysterious wooden pole at the bottom of Lake Huron is fuelling excitement among U.S. and Canadian researchers that they have found more evidence of a "lost world" of North American caribou hunters from nearly 10,000 years ago.

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Oceans become more acidic while Lake Michigan remains in beneficial range

Oceans become more acidic while Lake Michigan remains in beneficial range | The Great Lakes | Scoop.it
The head of a U.S.scientific agency said the oceans’ rising acid levels are threating the coral reefs, food security and tourism, according to The Associated P...
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Underwater cannon might help protect Lake Michigan

Underwater cannon might help protect Lake Michigan | The Great Lakes | Scoop.it
Scientists want to know if an underwater cannon can protect valuable Great Lakes fish from a greedy predator. (Won't it shell-shock all fish?

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Renewables | Michigan | Lake Wind opponents: Wind farm fight taken to Mason County board elections as turbines are built

Renewables | Michigan | Lake Wind opponents: Wind farm fight taken to Mason County board elections as turbines are built | The Great Lakes | Scoop.it
The construction of the Lake Winds Energy Park continues as does the action of a small, but vocal opposition group. Opponents hope to take the issue to voters in the Mason County board races this year.

 

LUDINGTON, MI – When it comes to stopping the wind farm under construction south of Ludington, opponents are left to simply picket.

 

But come August and November, a lead critic of the Lake Winds Energy Park in southern Mason County promises to even political scores with county commissioners who voted to allow Consumers Energy to proceed with the $235 million, 56-turbine development.

Evelyn Bergaila of Riverton Township was in front of the Ludington Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce as Consumers Energy officials prepared a group of media members for a tour of the Lake Winds construction area. Five of the turbines have already been fully assembled as the public utility moves toward full power production from the 100.8 megawatt wind farm by early November.


With a theme of “too big, too close and too many,” Bergaila said she and her neighbors in Riverton and Summit townships are beginning to see the true size of the Vestas wind turbines with the “hub heights” at 330 feet and the top of tip of the blades reaching 476 feet, according to company officials.

 

“They are enormous,” Bergaila said of the turbines, five within a mile of her home and one within 1,800 feet of her front door. “The sense of scale is that they are not a fit for our rural community. And we haven’t even begun to have to put up with the noise and light flicker.”


The local opposition group in Mason County has associated itself with the national Citizens Alliance for Responsible Renewable Energy, which unsuccessfully tried to block the wind farm with a law suit in Mason County Circuit Court.


Just as the legal system refused to side with the opponents, so did the elected officials in Mason County. The opposition energy is being put into trying to defeat at the polls this year six incumbent county commissioners who favored the wind farm development, Bergaila said while picketing in front of the chamber offices on U.S. 10 in Ludington.


The goal is to put a majority on the Mason County board and planning commission who would repeal the county’s wind farm ordinance that allowed the Lake Winds project to proceed, Bergaila said. “We don’t want any other wind developments in Mason County,” she said. “Never again should county citizens have to put up with what we are going through.”

 

The local opponents of the Lake Winds project have joined forces with the Interstate Informed Citizens Coalition in southeast Michigan, which has organized to fight industrial wind farms along the Michigan and Ohio boarder. IICC and the Mason County wind farm opponents picketed last Saturday’s alternative energy fair at the Mason County Fairgrounds.


Finally, the Lake Winds opponents find it ironic that with the wind farm under construction, they and Consumers Energy have the same position on a potential ballot proposal that could lead to dozens of new wind farms across the state.


Mason County wind farm critics and Consumers Energy both oppose the likely statewide ballot proposal to increase the state’s development of renewable energy to 25 percent of the Michigan’s total electricity by the year 2025. State law in 2008 created a 10 percent standard by 2015, which directly led to the Lake Winds development in Mason County.


“Now we’ve ended up on the same side,” Bergaila said. “They should have spoken the truth about wind turbines before like they are now. Wind power is not viable and does not create jobs.”
Consumers Energy spokesman Dan Bishop said the Lake Winds opponents do not understand the company’s position. Consumers Energy supported the 2008 law that was a complex, negotiated legislative proposal vs. an attempt to put such energy policy into the Michigan constitution.


While the 2008 renewable energy standard was measured and appropriate, the 25-by-25 approach will be too costly for Michigan electric customers and the force the development of 3,100 new wind turbines in Michigan by 2025, Bishop said.


“That level of turbine installation is not acceptable across the state,” Bishop said of needing the wind farm areas that total 17-times the size of the city of Grand Rapids. “The current law makes sense and is doable. The wind farms being built in Michigan today are in appropriate locations. “A large majority of the residents in Mason County support the project but they are not as vocal as the opponents,” Bishop said of Lake Winds.

 

Thursday, June 28, 2012


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Fishing report: Lake Michigan salmon fishing nearing 'best-ever' status

Fishing report: Lake Michigan salmon fishing nearing 'best-ever' status | The Great Lakes | Scoop.it
Boats are leaving the local ports and a relatively short time later returning with double digits of Chinook and steelhead in the cooler.

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5 chemical threats to the Great Lakes - Canada - CBC News

5 chemical threats to the Great Lakes - Canada - CBC News | The Great Lakes | Scoop.it

The threats inhabiting the great lakes are things we learned about in either chapter 14 or 15. The great lakes are experiencing extensive pollution from pesticides. Also, invasive species have taken up home in and around the Great Lakes, bringing with them all of the problems that the species exhibits. The main concern regarding the presence of pharmaceutical residues in the aquatic environment has been focused on antibacterials which may promote the development of resistant bacteria strains representing a health risk to humans.


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The Awesome Mitten - Scuba Diving the Great Lakes

The Awesome Mitten - Scuba Diving the Great Lakes | The Great Lakes | Scoop.it
Scuba Diving isn't just for the ocean. Find out why diving in Michigan is so exciting, and how you can become a certified scuba diver.

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Lake Michigan Water Levels Hit Record Low: Report

Lake Michigan Water Levels Hit Record Low: Report | The Great Lakes | Scoop.it
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said lake levels hit an all-time low for October and the shores will continue to dry up, according to a report.

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Some Yooper Beach » Presque Isle Park – “Black Rocks Cliff”

Some Yooper Beach » Presque Isle Park – “Black Rocks Cliff” | The Great Lakes | Scoop.it

A great site put together by a guy who has made it a personal challenge to visit and swim at every beach in the UP.

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Boat captains enlisted to improve Lake Erie water quality | Lake ...

Boat captains enlisted to improve Lake Erie water quality | Lake ... | The Great Lakes | Scoop.it
The Lake Erie Charter Boat Association and the Ohio EPA have developed a new collaborative effort to improve the water quality of Lake Erie.
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Flood's mud clouds Lake Superior

Flood's mud clouds Lake Superior | The Great Lakes | Scoop.it
The rain that flooded Duluth last week also flushed an unprecedented quantity of dirt, pollution and bacteria into Lake Superior -- enough to make experts worry about the long-term environmental consequences on the largest and clearest of the Great...

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NOAA Great Lakes researchers join US-Canadian study of Lake Huron ecosystem - NOAA

NOAA Great Lakes researchers join US-Canadian study of Lake Huron ecosystem - NOAA | The Great Lakes | Scoop.it

NOAA Great Lakes researchers join US-Canadian study of Lake Huron ecosystemNOAAVisitors to Lake Huron this summer may have a unique opportunity to glimpse science in action.

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Lake Huron mystery schooner.wmv

This schooner wreck is in Lake Huron, near Nine Mile Point and rests in 50 feet of water. It has been tentatively identified as the "Syracuse" by Craig Passe...

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Lake Michigan was first

Lake Michigan was first | The Great Lakes | Scoop.it
Lake Michigan, photo by GLASman1.
This coming Thursday (January 26) is Michigan's 175th Birthday (#mich175 on twitter). We're making a big fuss of it with a 175th Birthday Bash on Absolute Michiga...

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West Michigan's proposed underwater Lake Michigan preserve sailing along

West Michigan's proposed underwater Lake Michigan preserve sailing along | The Great Lakes | Scoop.it
The West Michigan Underwater Preserve proposal is in the midst of the final steps before officially becoming the 13th preserve in Michigan's Underwater Preserve System. It would include 12 identified shipwrecks.

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Editorial: Muskegon knows the value of a clean Lake Michigan, so leave our mayor alone Ludington

Editorial: Muskegon knows the value of a clean Lake Michigan, so leave our mayor alone Ludington | The Great Lakes | Scoop.it
Nobody knows better than Muskegon knows the destruction that occurs when waste is dumped into the Great Lakes --- or into the ground near the lake.

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Commerical dredge sinks in Lake Huron, leaving 500-foot oil sheen on surface

Commerical dredge sinks in Lake Huron, leaving 500-foot oil sheen on surface | The Great Lakes | Scoop.it
A commercial dredge believed to be carrying 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel sunk early this morning in Lake Huron off the coast of Lakeport, leaving a large oil sheen on the surface of the water.
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Still Waters Run Deep – and Fascinating. DRAIN THE GREAT LAKES Premieres Dec. 11 on Discovery

Still Waters Run Deep – and Fascinating. DRAIN THE GREAT LAKES Premieres Dec. 11 on Discovery | The Great Lakes | Scoop.it

The Great Lakes are the largest fresh water system on Earth, containing roughly 20% of the world’s supply – only the polar ice caps hold more. Now, for the first time, Discovery Channel reveals the extraordinary world beneath the surface in DRAIN THE GREAT LAKES, an original Canadian special premiering Sunday, December 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.


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