African lake levels dropping fast

Did you here about the bad news ? I could not resist to copy the major part of this article in my weblog.

Vast African Lake Levels Dropping Fast

Associated Press

December 09, 2006 | CHARLES J. HANLEY

JINJA, Uganda – At Jinja pier the rusty red hull of a Lake Victoria freighter sat barely afloat in water just six feet deep – and dropping. “The scientists have to explain this,” said ship’s engineer Gabriel Maziku.

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At 27,000 square miles, the size of Ireland, Victoria is the greatest of Africa’s Great Lakes – the biggest freshwater body after Lake Superior. And it has dropped fast, at least six feet in the past three years, and by as much as a half-inch a day this year before November rains stabilized things.

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