Lake ecologists see winter as a key scientific frontierBy: sciencedaily
For years, Scientists have concluded that is is very dangerous and difficult to look under the ice or the frozen lakes. However, they weren't eager to discover life under the ice because they assumed that plants and animals weren't doing much in the cold and dark anyways.
Because ice seasons are getting shorter and shorter around the world, scientists are losing the ice without knowing what we are actually using. 62 scientists set out to look at over 100 frozen lakes- can you guess what they discovered? They concluded that life under the ice is vibrant, complex, and surprisingly active
When lakes take in a lot of sunlight, this stimulates the growth of algae and zooplankton on the underside of the ice. This in turn serves as food sources for fish as the start of their growing season. The craziest part of this is that sometimes the productivity in the winter exceeds the productivity that takes place in the summer.
Are you surprised by these discoveries? Would you expect there to be abundant forms of life under the frozen water?
Summary: As long as ecologists have studied temperate lakes, the winter has been their off-season. It's difficult, even dangerous, to look under the ice, and they figured plants, animals and algae weren't doing much in the dark and cold anyway. But an international team of 62 scientists looking at more than 100 lakes has concluded that life under the ice is vibrant, complex and surprisingly active. Their findings stand to complicate the understanding of freshwater systems just as climate change is warming lakes around the planet.
Analysis: Because of global warming, the winter season is going to get shorter and shorter. It is imperative that we discover what is truly going on under the ice so we know exactly what we are going to be missing. We need to be taking risks and not making assumptions as to what is under the ice. It is fascinating to me that life under the ice may be more abundant than life in the summer. The ice is so frozen solid, however, organisms are getting sunlight from that ice and therefor, life is thriving. Based on these discoveries, we have to be careful as to what were doing on the ice in the winter in order to not damage life under the lakes.
Big Takeaways- When looking for articles, this one particularly stood out to me because of the rarity of this topic. We hear a lot about the planets and about recycling, but, I have never read an article on frozen lakes. It's something that happens all over the world, yet, I didn't know much about it until reading this article. I hope that moving forward, I can notice frozen lakes and think about the article and our impact on frozen lakes. If you look into a frozen lake, you won't see much, but, under that ice, there is so much more happening. I wonder whether things like ice skating on lakes and fly fishing have an impact on the organisms under the deep layer of ice.