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Visitor to Iowa Infected by 'Worst Parasite in the World'

Health officials testing lake in Taylor County after Missouri resident infected by brain-eating amoeba

(Newser) - A lake beach in southwest Iowa has been temporarily shuttered after a visitor from a neighboring state was infected by a rare but dangerous brain-eating amoeba. A Friday release from the Iowa Department of Public Health notes that the beach at Lake of Three Fires State Park is currently off-limits...

After Husband's Suicide, She Drowned 3 Kids and Herself

Her father offered to care for the children, but Molly Cheng refused: relative

(Newser) - After her husband committed suicide, a Minnesota mother decided her only path was a triple murder-suicide that left herself and her three children dead along with him, according to police. Molly Cheng, 23, called 911 around 10:30am Friday to report the death of husband Yee Lee, 27, who was...

Great Salt Lake Sees a Historic Low, Again

Water level drops to 4,190.1 feet, after it matched 170-year-old record just this past October

(Newser) - The Great Salt Lake has hit a new historic low for the second time in less than a year as the ongoing megadrought worsened by climate change continues to shrink the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi. The Utah Department of Natural Resources said Monday in a news release...

Lake Search Completes Family Tragedy in Minnesota

3 young children, parents are dead in suspected murder-suicide

(Newser) - Update: This story has been updated throughout with new developments. The bodies of three young children and a woman believed to be their mother have been recovered from a Minnesota lake, and authorities say the deaths are being investigated as murder-suicide, per the AP . The body of the children's...

Kmart Clothes a Clue to Body Found in Barrel at Lake Mead

Police say victim was shot

(Newser) - Update: Police have shared details about the body found inside a barrel that was discovered on the newly exposed bottom of Nevada's Lake Mead, saying the remains belong to a person who'd been shot. Investigators are dating the crime to the late 1970s or early '80s, with...

Rescued Woman Says She Floated on Air Mattress for 2 Days

'Connie' was spotted on the shores of Lake Texoma in Oklahoma by crew members on a passing train

(Newser) - Crew members on a train zipping past an Oklahoma lake were treated to a strange sight last week, and it turned out to be one lucky sighting. KRMG reports that a BNSF Railway train was headed south along Lake Texoma on Thursday when conductor Cristhian Sosa and engineer Justin Luster...

At Least 6 Boaters Killed by Falling Wall of Rock
10 Boaters Killed by
Falling Wall of Rock
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10 Boaters Killed by Falling Wall of Rock

Victims were below a cliff face that sheered off above Brazil's Furnas Lake

(Newser) - Update: The cliff collapse in Brazil killed 10 people, only one of whom had been identified by Sunday afternoon, as 68-year-old retiree Julio Borges Antunes. All victims and survivors have now been accounted for, and two people remain hospitalized, the New York Times reports. At least 27 others were treated...

Frighteningly Large Goldfish Turning Up in Minn. Lakes

Minnesota officials are begging the public to stop dumping pet fish, saying they muck up the waters

(Newser) - Officials in Minnesota say they're finding more giant goldfish in waterways, prompting a plea to citizens to stop illegally dumping their unwanted fish into ponds and lakes. The goldfish, which can grow to the size of a football, compete with native species for food and increase algae in lakes....

Bodies of Water Are Suing the State of Florida

Orange County lakes, streams file suit against state, housing developer under 'right of nature' law

(Newser) - Late last year, voters in Orange County, Fla., pushed through a "rights of nature" law, making it the largest US municipality to do so, per a November release from the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights. The legislation basically gives rights to rivers, streams, marshes, and lakes throughout the...

Scientists Unravel Mystery Ailment of Bald Eagles
Scientists Unravel Mystery
Ailment of Bald Eagles
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Scientists Unravel Mystery Ailment of Bald Eagles

New study attributes deaths to toxin triggered by bromide

(Newser) - For the last 25 years, a mysterious ailment has been killing bald eagles in the US and leaving them with holes in their brains. Researchers identified vacuolar myelinopathy (VM), a deadly condition that brings on paralysis, blindness, and seizures in bald eagles and their prey, including fish, turtles, snakes, and...

The Coronavirus Turns Up in Lake Water
Weird Coronavirus Find
Turns Up in Lake Water
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Weird Coronavirus Find Turns Up in Lake Water

A University of Minnesota professor calls it 'very interesting'

(Newser) - A Minnesota professor has discovered the coronavirus in lake water—apparently the first such such find during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pioneer Press reports. Richard Melvin of the University of Minnesota Medical School says he stumbled on SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, in samples culled from eight beaches along Lake Superior...

2 Dead, 6 Possibly Missing After Planes Collide Over Lake

It happened Sunday over Idaho's Lake Coeur d'Alene

(Newser) - Two people are confirmed dead and as many as six others are missing after two planes collided on Sunday afternoon over an Idaho lake, NBC News reports. Per the Spokesman-Review , the crash that took place around 2:20pm local time over Lake Coeur d'Alene involved a single-engine Cessna TU206G...

They Were Enjoying July 4 on the Water. Then, Tragedy

12-year-old girl dead, 3 missing, 7 injured in 2 separate boating accidents in Alabama

(Newser) - Divers and crews using underwater sonar devices searched Friday for three people who went missing on two Alabama lakes after a pair of holiday boating accidents, and authorities later confirmed one person was dead, in addition to several injured. Both happened after dark on July 4 on large reservoirs that...

The Great Vanishing Act of Utah's Great Salt Lake
 The Great Vanishing Act 
 of Utah's Great Salt Lake 



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The Great Vanishing Act of Utah's Great Salt Lake

Scientists estimate the lake has lost half its volume in the past 150 years

(Newser) - Utah's most defining feature, the Great Salt Lake, may not be long for this world. Scientists report in a Utah State University white paper that 150 years of human diversions from the rivers running into the lake have reduced water levels by 11 feet, "exposing much of the...

Mystery of Vanishing Glacial Lakes Solved

Meltwater causes tension on lake bottoms, spawning hydrofractures

(Newser) - For years, scientists have known glacial lakes can rapidly empty themselves of billions of gallons of water—in at least one case, faster than the speed at which water flows over Niagara Falls. Now, they finally know how it's done. Researchers had guessed that the weight of the water...

Here's the Total Number of Lakes on Our Planet

117M, according to new count

(Newser) - Eight years ago, a much-discussed study estimated that there were 304 million lakes on Earth—but a careful count reveals that the number is closer to a third of that. The planet holds 117 million lakes, researchers find in what LiveScience calls the "best count yet." And while...

Mystery of West's Mammoth Ancient Lakes Solved

 Mystery of West's Mammoth 
 Ancient Lakes Solved 
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Mystery of West's Mammoth Ancient Lakes Solved

Study: Lower evaporation rates led to far larger lakes

(Newser) - During the period known as the Last Glacial Maximum some 21,000 years ago, mammoth lakes spread out across large swaths of the West, and scientists have long wondered why the now-dry lakes used to be so big. Mystery solved: A new study finds that the reason has nothing to...

Debunking the Myth of the 'Oklahoma Octopus'

Freshwater octopus would need physiological changes, river navigation

(Newser) - Thanks to unexplained drowning deaths in Oklahoma lakes over the past few years, a strange theory has begun spreading its tentacles. According to some, what's to blame is... a killer freshwater octopus. It's true the octopus is an adaptive wonder, capable of living just about anywhere in the...

2.6K Feet Below Greenland Ice Sheet, 2 Huge Lakes
2.6K Feet Below Greenland Ice Sheet, 2 Huge Lakes
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2.6K Feet Below Greenland Ice Sheet, 2 Huge Lakes

Researchers discover first subglacial lakes in Greenland

(Newser) - For the first time, researchers have discovered lakes underneath the Greenland Ice Sheet. The two newly identified subglacial lakes each measure about 8 to 10 square kilometers, and are nearly 2,625 feet below the surface, according to Science World Report . They were likely much bigger—three times bigger—in...

Plan to Clean Up Lake Tahoe Is Bad News for Crayfish

Nevada allows commercial fishermen to go after them

(Newser) - In a blend of environmentalism, commercialism, and even culinary delights, authorities hope to clean the water in Lake Tahoe via the fishing of its crayfish inhabitants. Some 280 million crayfish call the lake home, and the booming population contributes to the muddiness of the once translucent water, reports the New ...

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