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Monday, October 18, 2010

Mid-October on the Lake

Thanks to everyone who came out on October 10! Thanks also to Joe Simonis from Nelson Hairston's lab at Cornell, who came out to help identify plankton! We'll post a more complete update soon, but suffice to say, fall is progressing on the lake- and the most remarkable aspect is the clearing of the water.

This past Sunday, we observed 8.5 meter Secchi clarity- which corresponds to light penetrating roughly 25 meters into the lake- that's nearly 80 feet! At that depth, the water is not cooling off particularly rapidly, and we may yet witness a deep-water algae bloom this fall, now that sunlight is penetrating to depths where nutrients have been building up all summer.

We'll see how are fall bloom progresses, but in the meantime, enjoy our chrystal-clear lake!

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