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Monday, June 27, 2005

Mystery of World's Fastest-growing Lakes Solved

In Alaska, thousands of mysterious lakes are all the same shape and have grown steadily for thousands of years, the geological record shows. They are the fastest growing lakes known in the world.

Scientists have tried various ideas to explain the steady growth -- the lakes expand up to 15 feet every year -- and the lakes' consistent shape and orientation, but no theory has held up.

Now a scientist who has worked previously on puzzles as wide-ranging as the spiral shape of Mars ice caps says he's solved the terrestrial mystery.

The solution might also help explain a series of oddly similar lakes near the U.S. East Coast.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, are the lakes growing, or shrinking? There was a post a while back that Arctic lakes are drying up.

12:00 AM  
Anonymous Tundra Wookie said...

Ice does not sublimate, it has to become a liquid before it can dry up.

On the article: scientists generally seem to have low, sloping foreheads and decreased cranial cavities. Eventually the million monkeys on the word processors will end up with the works of Shakespeare or Blanche Knott's Truly Tasteless Jokes.

I'm a bit more tractable after I have had my coffee. Maybe someday I will explain the likley process of the lakes.

9:40 AM  

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