Saturday at Au Sable Institute

In the morning after breakfast the group got together and Dr. Paris & Jon Becker explained to the class how the temperature & oxygen readings would be gathered.

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We headed out to several areas on the lake and used an auger to cut holes through the ice. They proceeded to lower the temperature & oxygen props 1 meter at a time and collected data along the way. Three measurements were taken, one along the shore at 20ft, at a depth of 45ft & then out toward the middle of the lake at 65ft.

Standing out in the middle of the lake collecting data

Standing out in the middle of the lake collecting data

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One would think we are ice fishing but we are collecting scientific data.

One would think we are ice fishing but we are collecting scientific data.


CU on the lake.

CU on the lake.

The majority of the day was spent outside, although the sun was out it was cold with the high of 18 degrees. The wind out on the lake did not help in any way.

In the afternoon fter collecting the data, Jon Becker input it into the computer and graphed it out, explaining the students and showing them how it was done.

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In the evening after dinner and a small break, the students got back together and Dr. Paris discussed the results of the data collected. He showed them with the data collected how temperature increases with depth while oxygen decreases with depth.