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Water hundreds of feet below the surface of Lake Michigan is warming, especially in winter, according to a report published this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The warming could change the seasonal patterns of the lake — and alter a way of life for ecosystems and industry alike.

Roughly 22 million pounds of plastic enter the Great Lakes each year, half of which enters Lake Michigan, according to estimates calculated by the Rochester Institute of Technology. The Shedd's program is supported by a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration program.

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CHICAGO — As Asian carp have stormed up the Illinois River in the past several decades, looming precariously close to Lake Michigan, scientists have been forced to ponder an alarming question: What if the invasive species actually breached the world's fifth-largest lake?

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