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Lifesaving tech installed at Canada’s deepest lake by Wilfrid Laurier researchers – CBC

by ahnationtalk on April 24, 202349 Views

Apr 23, 2023

Great Slave Lake is taking longer and longer to freeze, raising safety concerns

A group of researchers from Wilfrid Laurier University is working with a Dene First Nation in the Northwest Territories on a system of remote sensors so that people can know how thick the ice is before they go out.

At more than 600 metres, the Northwest Territories’ Great Slave Lake is Canada’s deepest lake.

It also serves as a vital lifeline for many living in the arctic region that surrounds the lake. Especially during the colder months where traveling across the lake is essential for the survival of communities like Łutsël K’é, that can only be accessed by air, boat or ice.

But as the climate continues to warm, it’s gotten harder to predict when the ice will freeze.

“In the last 10 years it’s taking longer and longer for our big lake to freeze, and we use that lake quite extensively in the winter months,” said Iris Catholique, in a news release from Wiflrid Laurier University. Catholique manages Thaidene Nëné National Park Reserve, homeland of the Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation.

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