Thursday, September 23, 2010

North Dakota's Devil's Lake Continuously Grows

In North Dakota, a lake has been slowly "growing" over the past 20 years or so,  consuming houses, farms, and even towns.  It has been dubbed "Monster Lake". Eerily, the lake is named Devil's Lake which is located northwest of Fargo, North Dakota.  This is a one-of-a-kind situation.  No other place suffers this dilemma.

Devil's Lake, ND August 1984 Notice the peninsula, in the upper left

Devil's Lake, ND September 2009 The former peninsula is now an island

The lake has more than tripled in size since 1990 and has cost over a billion dollars to suppress it's growth.  With no natural way for the lake to drain, it is projected that the lake will continue to grow over the next 10 years! Nearly $300,000 dollars a year are spent pumping water out of the the lake to reduce it's depth by 1 inch!

Devil's Lake encroaches on a home

What used to be a major US highway in the Devil's Lake area had to be relocated

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