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Bow Watch: Scientists Delve into Lake Superior's Mysteries

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Odd formations on the bottom of Lake Superior, mate-finding behavior of sea lamprey, or the huge numbers of lake trout that lurk in the depths -- these and a multitude of other topics challenge people who use, enjoy, and study Lake Superior.

As stand-alone subjects, the articles in this "Seiche" newsletter may stimulate your curiosity or provide you with new information. One of the front-page articles, "Siscowet Trout: A Plague of Riches," is based on the first talk in our continuing "Superior Science for You" speaker series. We are pleased that the first two speakers, Drs. Kitchell and Li, were greeted with enthusiasm both in Duluth and during their visits along the North Shore. It is a privilege to bring this information to you (thanks to a coastal program grant) from the mouths of the people who do the work. We expect that the six remaining talks will provide you with equal insight into Lake Superior issues and the processes of conducting scientific research.

The speaker series topics, the research we fund, and the information we pass on to you represent important steps that create the broad knowledge base needed to make tough decisions about resource management issues. Although much is known about Lake Superior, there are still many mysteries to be solved.

To adequately manage and protect the lake’s ecosystem, biologists, ecologists, geologists, chemists and social scientists will have to delve further into fundamental questions about how the ecosystem works and responds to the communities around it. This information then needs to get to people beyond academia who can use it to improve their lives and communities. We at Sea Grant hope we can continue to facilitate this transaction to an every-widening circle of people.

Mysteries are the lifeblood of scientists around the Lake Superior basin. The science behind the research that Sea Grant and other government and university entities conduct is often complex and takes the dedication of individual researchers and the institutions that support them.

The challenge to the rest of us is to use this information in the best ways possible to continue seeking solutions and deeper truths to the biggest mysteries.

Thank you for your continuing interest in Lake Superior and our activities. Happy New Year!

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Carl Richards
Minnesota Sea Grant Director

By Carl Richards
December 2002

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