The legend went that evil spirits would infrequently emerge from the lake to take the lives of those around it. Turns out, this isn't all myth; instead, it's grounded in geomythology - when cultures craft myths to explain historic geologic events. In 1986, the lake wrought havoc again, killing nearly 2,000 people overnight in an event called a limnic eruption.
What do salted winter roads and water issues like that of Flint, Michigan have to do with one another? ...More than you think. Today we spoke with Anurag Mantha, a graduate student in the lab of Marc Edwards at Virginia Tech, about how increasing levels of salt in our environment are leading to the salinization of our freshwater, with potentially catastrophic consequences for our drinking water.