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Climate Change’s Potential Effects on Lake Ontario and Saint Lawrence River, Canada and USA

43.6N 78.1W

April 7th, 2013 Category: Climate Change, Lakes, Rivers

USA and Canada – April 6th, 2013

Snow dusts the landscape of part of the northeastern USA and Canada, framing the shores of the Saint Lawrence River. The river traverses the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario and forms part of the international boundary between Ontario and New York in the United States. It is the primary drainage conveyor of the Great Lakes Basin, and in this image can be seen connected to Lake Ontario.

In the opinion of some experts, a temperature increase of 2 to 4°C could lower the average flow from Lake Ontario by 24%. Lake Ontario is the major source for the St. Lawrence River, and a decrease in flow of this magnitude could result in a 1-metre drop in water levels in some areas of the St. Lawrence.

Wildfire and Bodies of Water Near Lake Ontario

43.5N 77.7W

December 3rd, 2009 Category: Fires, Lakes, Rivers

Canada - November 18th, 2009

Canada - November 18th, 2009

The Saint Lawrence river flows from southwest to northeast out of Lake Ontario, forming the border between the Canadian province of Ontario (above)  and the US state of New York (below). The river connects the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean and is the primary drainage of the Great Lakes Basin.

Other lakes are visible near Lake Ontario, including the long, thin Finger Lakes (lower right quadrant) in New York State, the rounded Lake Simcoe (center left edge) and the northeastern tip of Lake Huron (bottom left corner). Away from the lakes, in the upper left corner, a wildfire can be seen releasing smoke towards the northwest.

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