Smoke from forest fires cover Lake Baikal.

Smoke on a lake that’s great

The forests of western Canada and the U.S. aren’t the only ones burning during a drought this year. This image from NASA’s Earth Observatory shows that similar fires in Siberia have produced a smoky trail obscuring parts of Lake Baikal. Burning areas are in red. Lake Baikal is one of the world’s largest lakes. While smaller in area than North America’s Lake Superior, it is far deeper and contains much more water – the most of any lake in the world.

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Lake effect: Turning water into sound

Fascinated by projects that interpret environmental data as sound, an Echo reporter turns Lake Michigan/Huron water levels into a sound communications strategy.