Climate change is affecting even deep within the Earth farther than previously thought, up to hundreds of feet below the surface, as revealed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOCA).NOAA), That the waters below the surface of Lake Michigan are warming, and the agency warns that this may disrupt the seasonal patterns of the lake, which could ultimately change the ecosystem that has evolved to adapt to the current environment.
According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, using a 30-year dataset of deep-water temperature measurements, the study found that Lake Michigan reaches 0.06 degrees Celsius per decade, which is a reflection of warming temperatures and a long summer.
Experts revealed that rising water temperatures could lead to long-term shifts, alter the food chain, and force fisheries into uncharted territory.
Craig Stowe, a scientist with the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in NOAA And the study researcher: “These changes may seem very small, a few tenths of a degree per decade, but this has been going on for several decades now, perhaps for a longer period than is reflected in our monitoring.”
Experts have known for a long time that temperatures in Lake Michigan are rising and that the ice sheet is dwindling as a result of human activity, but the world gave a glimpse of the fallout last month, when the ice covering Lake Michigan broke and drifted away from shore.
Although the lakes continue to change from the moment they form, Stowe said, this lake in particular is changing much faster.
The scientist emphasized, “When they change quickly, it means that humans have to adapt to the changes that are taking place, and if we do not observe them, we risk being surprised.”
The researchers found that general warming, ice loss and shorter winters could lead to long-term shifts, altering the food chain and forcing fisheries into an unknown area, causing some of the surfaces of the world’s largest lakes to warm faster than ocean and air temperatures.