Freshwater seems abundant, but when accounting for all the water on Earth, it's in limited supply. Just three percent of the water on our planet is freshwater. A majority of this water, about two percent of the world total, is contained in glaciers and ice sheets or stored below ground. The remaining one percent is found in lakes, rivers and wetland areas or transported through the atmosphere in the form of water vapor, clouds and precipitation. Rain and snowfall replenish freshwater sources, making it vital to know when, where and how much water is falling at any given time. Using NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement satellite, researchers can track precipitation worldwide and monitor levels from space.
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Spiny water flea is a little crustacean that's causing a big problem for native wildlife. This unique looking non-native invasive creature is interrupting the food web from the bottom up. It devours the microscopic organisms that small fish depend on. Bigger fish, turtles, and birds, rely on a diverse population of smaller fish. This problem not only affects animals but the people that enjoy viewing wildlife. Voyagers National Park, in northern Minnesota, is working to keep this invading creature out of its lakes for the health of the environment and the enjoyment of future generations.
Zebra mussel, quagga mussel, round goby and other invasive species are causing havoc on Lake Michigan. This is causing the food web to become out of balance, and may be causing birds to die. National Park biologist and USGS scientist are trying to figure out what is causing this. Can this mystery be solved before the endangered great lakes piping plover becomes extinct? People can help, clean drain and dry all boating and fishing gear to stop aquatic hitch hikers.
The emerald ash borer is killing trees all around the Great Lakes and is spreading through the United States. Not only is it killing trees in National Parks and urban areas, it is threatening the lumber industry that provides ash wood for Major League Baseball bats. You can slow its spread by not moving firewood. Burn it where you buy it!
National Parks are known for being beautiful natural native areas. What you may not know, threatening each of these national treasures are scores of invasive plants prepared to crowd out, smother, shade and poison the native vegetation. Park staff and volunteers work tirelessly to preserve these places unimpaired for future generations. The national park's needs your help, volunteer to join this effort to rid our parks of invasive species.