Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A look at Lake Michigan invaders

Jane Dauffenbach, regular contributor to the Lake Stewardship Blog, offers this link on invasive species, adding
Great underwater video and nice summary of the current Lake invaders

Underwater, a disturbing new world

A Tribune team follows researchers to the bottom of Lake Michigan as they try to explain the rapidly shifting ecosystem

OFF ATWATER BEACH, Wis.—This place should be an underwater desert.

But as the three researchers wearing scuba tanks and lead weights drop through the water, the landscape of rounded stones 30 feet below is disturbingly full of strange, new life.

In just a few years, the gravel and white boulders that for centuries covered the bottom of Lake Michigan between Chicago and the Door County, Wis., peninsula have disappeared under a carpet of mussels and primitive plant life.

The change is not merely cosmetic. In the last three years or so, scientists say, invasive species have upended the ecology of the lakes, shifting distribution of species and starving familiar fish of their usual food supply.

Click on Title link to view entire article. Thanks to Jane Dauffenbach of Aquarius Systems for the submission.

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