Climate Change and Ice-covered Lake Winnipeg, Canada – May 6th, 201352.3N 97.5W
Lake Winnipeg is the largest aquatic life support system in Manitoba, covering some 24,500 sq km. It sustains a complex food web and the largest commercial fishery west of the Laurentian Great Lakes.
Like many natural systems, the lake is shaped by environmental forces and disturbed by human activities. Weather, climate, and geology regulate the growth and reproduction of its plants and animals.
But excess nutrients from urbanization, agriculture and economic development in the Lake Winnipeg watershed are impairing its water quality and, in spite of its size, Lake Winnipeg is susceptible to the impacts of climate change (click here for more information).