Category Archives: Environmental

What are these bubbles all over the lake?

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bubbles on a lakeThe Question: In early June, I took a kayak trip on Winton Lake, starting out before sunrise and getting to the area where these photos were taken just as the sun was coming up. There were green bubbles all over the lake. After the sun came up, they began to break up and were gone within about an hour after sunrise. I’ve never seen anything like this on any lake I’ve ever paddled and I’m very curious what could cause it! Can you supply any answers?
Submitted by: Mark, Ohio, USA

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Why does the snow melt in circles around trees?

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trees with melted snowThe Question: Why do my trees have a clear area of snow around them when it warms up a bit. Are they warm? Do they give off or absorb heat? The clear area is anywhere from one to three feet around the base of the tree.
Submitted by: Raymond, Michigan, USA

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Who is this green frog and beetle?

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The Question: I noticed this little frog stuck to the outside of my exterior door about 11 p.m. The porch light was on and was attracting various “bugs” which I assume the frog was taking a keen interest in. I saw the frog jump from the door to this position next to the bug, which I assume looked like dinner? Anyway, what kind of frog and bug is this?

Submitted by: Chris, Cobb County, GA

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How to save these tadpoles?

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The Question: About 70 tadpoles showed up in my pond. I don’t mind a few, because I like frogs, but what can I do with the rest of them?

Submitted by: Joanna, UK

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Where did all these jellyfish come from?

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Jellyfish in Boston HarborThe Question: While walking along a busy section of Boston Harbor the other day, I noticed hundreds of jellyfish floating on the surface. I walked about a half mile stretch of water, and they were everywhere. They all seemed to be the same kind – translucent white, with four circular bits in the center of their bodies. There were all different sizes, too. It was an extremely sunny and warm day, which I first thought might be the reason, but the next couple have been cool and rainy, and they are still on the surface! Any ideas?

Submitted by: Marion, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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