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Flathead Lake moorings

Fresh Water, for a Change

Oceanographers also occasionally turn their attention to smaller bodies of water. Here, WHOI's Will Ostrom (right) works on a mooring line on Flathead Lake, Montana. The mooring is one of two placed in the lake by WHOI and the University of Montana's Flathead Lake Biological Station in a joint project funded by the National Science Foundation. Each contains a profiler system, adopted from the Ice Tethered Profilers used on Arctic moorings, that autonomously collects data that allows scientists to examine the effect mixing in the water column has on the lake's biology. (Photo by Craig Marquette, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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