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DECLINING CLARITY OF A JEWEL - EXPLORING LAKE TAHOE BY LESLIE WATSON ELLINGSON APRIL 20 2000 TABLE OF CONTENTS Lake Tahoe An IntroductionPage 2 Lake Tahoe -- HistoryPage 3 Figure One -- Tahoe Region Map Page3A Lake Clarity -- Introdution to CausesPage 5 Figure Two -- Secci Depth ChartPage 6A Soil ErosionPage 7 Figure Three -- Population GraphPage 7A Air Quality Page 8 Water Inflow and Algae Growth Page 9 Figure Four -- Water Cycle Flow Chart Page 10A Steps Toward ProtectionPage 12 Works CitedBiblographyPage 15 Maps and Graphs -- ReferencesPage 17 Lake Tahoe An Introduction Lake Tahoe is the pristine jewel of the West Coast known around the world for its beauty The Lake Tahoe area was even in the spotlight for the winter Olympic Games at Squaw Valley in 60s Over the decades we have learned by mistake what needs to be done to protect the lakes beauty and character The lake is foremost known for its color and clarity and has been capitalized on for these qualities However upon enjoying the lake and creating a tourist and recreational draw we have jeopardized the lake for all the features that we most enjoy and treasure Simply put the clarity color and beauty of the lake are in trouble and the transparency is decreasing at a frightening rate The build up of phosphorous and nitrates in the lake has promoted the growth of algae that clouds the water changing the famous aqua sapphire blue color to a murky cloudy green Lets take a look at why we should be concerned with the declining clarity of a lake and why this lake is so special and unique and why the surrounding environment is so important There are many factors involved in causing the decline briefly discussed in this paper including soil erosion air qualitypollution stream conditions which are water flow
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