Monday, June 18, 2007

Lake Superior Shrinking

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee
Superior, they say, never gives up her dead
When the gales of November come early.
Superior, they say, is drying up and will soon blow away. At least, that's what will happen if you believe the Gore Global Fireball Coalition. There may even be a consensus, a consensus. And if there is, well, then the debate is over.

The largest freshwater lake on the Earth, Lake Superior at 31,700 square miles has a surface area almost equalling that of South Carolina, its shoreline of 1,826 miles is the distance from Duluth, Minnesota to Miami, Florida. Superior is the deepest of the Great Lakes with an average depth of 601.92 feet, its current depth is 600.25 feet.

My god! Lake Superior is disappearing just like the Hot-Earthers are saying! Lake Superior is 1.67 feet below its average and only .33 feet above the lowest level recorded in 1926. The lake water is at the lowest depth in 81 years, 20 inches below average, and a foot lower than just last year. Doom. DOOM, I tell ya!

The falling waterline is causing very serious environmental and economic consequences. Wetlands have withered and dried, power plants operate at half power, cargo ships ship out with 5% lighter loads, boaters struggle to obtain docking, and bathers must trudge 50 feet farther to reach the water. In Marquette, the receding water has exposed drainage pipes across the beach spoiling the scenery. Oh, the horror!

Out in the not much deeper water, which at one time was 1,330 feet deep, but has shrunken to a piddling 1,328.42 feet, professional fishers are catching huge quantities of trout and whitefish and can only wait for the lake to rise once again. Oh, the humanity! Will the disasters never end?!

Just one question though: what caused the lowest recorded water level of Lake Superior in 1926, 81 years before Al Gore invented Global Warming? Just wondering.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


don said...

Global warming is one of the best orchestrated scams ever foisted on us. Sometime I'll tell you about the Exxon Valdez scam. Everyone who wasn't involved in that mess was duped.

Indigo Red said...

And Three Mile Island.

The nuclear power plant worked the way it was supposed to work. When it leaked and showed signs of overheateing, the reactor shut down. No one was harmed, no one was contaminated. It is still America's worst nuclear power plant accident.

Send me an e-mail with your story and I'll put it online as a guest post, Don.

dcat said...

gore could dry up and I wouldn't care!

Mike's America said...

I think Gore is drinking Lake Superior. Have you seen photos of him lately?

He's not on the Jenny Craig program!

Indigo Red said...

Robin Williams was on Leno last night and mentioned the same thing. He said that Gore "has his own atmosphere." Gawd, I'd hate to see his moons!