Thursday, May 23, 2013

UNR researchers find mystery blobs in Fallen Leaf Lake


 
Scientists from the University of Nevada and their partners at Scripps Institution of Oceanography studied the bottom of Fallen Leaf Lake last summer. They used a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to study and view the depths of the lake.
Professor John Kleppe found a 3-thousand year-old standing forest submerged in the lake. Kleppe attributes the forest to a “megadrought”, which occurs every 650 to 1150 years.
 
Professor Kleppe has also been studying a “balloon of green jell” that was collected in the submerged forest. So far, scientists have been unable to identify the jell. They can’t even determine if it is a plant, animal, or combination of the two.
Kleppe will continue to study the mystery jell and find out what it is and does. Kleppe wonders if this substance is the key to lake clarity.

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