The legend lives on from the Chippewa on downSuperior, 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.
Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee
Superior, they say, never gives up her dead
When the gales of November come early.
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.