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Environment & Climate Change

Student captures video of Lake Michigan ice with a drone and a GoPro camera

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screen shot from WZZM video
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Ice sheets on Lake Michigan shot with a drone.

Spend a little over a thousand bucks and you too could capture some images that will grab the attention of your local TV station.

WZZM-TV in West Michigan featured a story about Hope College sophomore Jeff Zita.

Zita was curious about the ice forming on the lake and sent up his chopper. Here's the news segment (Click here if you can't see the video):

We've got a real, live winter on our hands and more ice is forming on the Great Lakes than we've seen in a long time.

Here's where we're at today:

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We might even get an ice bridge out to Isle Royale in Lake Superior, something that is becoming more rare as the planet, and the lakes, warm.

Ice cover on the Great Lakes has been decreasing over the years:

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If you're worried about low lake levels, then you should know about winter evaporation. More ice cover means less evaporation and more water staying in the lakes.

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