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earth science climate change effect on lake final project

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  • OH NO! I can't go swimming because there is too much E. Coli and algae in the lake!
  • These outbreaks are caused by human carbon emissions!
  • Because of an increase in human outputs of carbon into our atmosphere, particles found there have begun to move faster. This increase in heat increases evaporation, which intensifies the water cycle. This causes an increase in precipitation.
  • In Vermont, our annual precipitation has risen 1.5 inches per decade since 1960. Also, precipitation has been rising by 0.7 inches per decade since 1895. 
  • 2 of these beaches had reading over 1000 CFU, which can be very dangerous.
  • In the months of June, July, and August, data collected weekly in Colchester showed 17 beaches that had readings over 235 CFU per 100 milliliters.
  • When over 235 CFU of E Coli per 100 milliliters of water is found in the lake, that area of water is considered harmful to human health. 
  • If we continue to put harmful substances in our atmosphere, then more and more of these growths will occur in our lake. This will cause death and sickness in animal and plant life in the lake and also close more beaches.
  • As the precipitation increases, more runoff finds its way to the lake. This runoff is filled with harmful fertilizers and pet waste, which causes  E Coli and algae blooms.
  • More importantly, we must cut our carbon emissions. One step that everyone can take is to walk, bike, or ride the bus to and from school instead of driving. 
  • In order to stop this problem, we must do a few things. To start, make sure to clean up after your pets outside because that is the root of the virus. 
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