Global Climate Change Strikes a Tropical Lake

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Science  25 Jul 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5632, pp. 468-469
DOI: 10.1126/science.1088633

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Lake Tanganyika, just south of the equator in tropical Africa, is home to many animal species that live nowhere else. As Livingstone reports in his Perspective, historical records of lake temperature, transparency, and fauna collected for over a hundred years reveal that even the thermal inertia of this deep lake has not been able to protect it from the effects of global climate change ( Verburg et al.).