Inch by Inch, Great Lakes Shrink, and Cargo Carriers Face LossesQuicklink submitted by Sheila Samples Permalink
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|Water levels in the Great Lakes are falling; Lake Ontario, for example, is about seven inches below where it was a year ago. And for every inch of water that the lakes lose, the ships that ferry bulk materials across them must lighten their loads by 270 tons or 540,000 pounds or risk running aground.As a result, more ships are needed, adding millions of dollars to shipping companies operating costs,maritime experts say.|
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