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The Outsized Role of Earth's Largest Lakes

April 29, 2015
3:30 p.m.
Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC)
Duluth, MN

The Moos Family Speaker Series on Water Resources presents a FREE lecture by University of Minnesota researcher Dr. Robert W. Sterner and a panel discussion featuring Bob Krumenaker, Apostle Island superintendent; Daniel Fanning, communications and policy director for the mayor's office at the City of Duluth; and Dale Bergeron, maritime extension educator at Minnesota Sea Grant. The panel will also be moderated by Cynthia Hagley, environmental quality extension educator at Minnesota Sea Grant.

The topic of lecture and discussion is as follows:

Roughly two thirds of the planet's available surface freshwater is contained in just twenty lakes. Scattered around the globe, and diverse in almost every measurable respect, these immense "dimples" in Earth's surface have shaped human society and history. Their value continues to grow as freshwater scarcity increases. This talk will explore Earth's largest lakes, some of which are in our backyard, from the standpoints of hydrology, biogeochemistry, biodiversity, and geopolitics, using these approaches ultimately to ask what role these twenty places play in our lives.

A reception with light snacks and drinks will be held at Canal Park Brewery following the event.

For more on the lecture series or to register for this FREE event, visit www.freshwater.org/moos-family-lecture-series.

Note: Dr. Sterner will also present his lecture at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus (in the St. Paul Student Center) on April 30 at 7 p.m. A panel discussion will not follow this lecture.


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