What should we study next week?

The start of our December in the Wilderness has gotten us thinking about several topics. We need your help to figure out what we should learn about. Check out the three choices below and choose the topic that you are most interested in.


Ice is forming all around us. The ground is frozen. The lakes are freezing. On cold nights, we can even hear the lake “singing” as ice forms. When you think about it, the ice that covers the lakes in the winter is very interesting and important. It allows us to travel with ease on top of all the lakes. It reduces evaporation by covering up the water. Ice is pretty cool.

El Nino

Before we began A Year in the Wilderness, we heard that this was going to be a strong El Nino year. Now that we are experiencing abnormally high temperatures here in December, we are just beginning to understand the effect that El Nino is having on northern Minnesota. What is El Nino? What causes El Nino? How do meteorologists predict when El Nino will happen? How is El Nino affecting other parts of the country?

Climate Change

This warm December has also gotten us thinking about climate change. 2015 is on track to be the Earth’s warmest year on record. How is climate change affecting the lakes, forests, and animals of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness?

What should we focus on next week?

  • Ice (39%, 14 Votes)
  • El Niño (33%, 12 Votes)
  • Climate Change (28%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 36

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One Comment

  1. Jim Dunn
    Posted December 11, 2015 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    My class an I have been keeping track of the weather and are shocked by the warm temps and lack of snow. With Ice forming on the lakes, but no snow on the ground to travel by ski or sled have you been considering other modes of travel ?

    What will the lack of snow and unstable ice do to your trip planning and resupplies?

    Mr Dunn’s class
    Madison, WI

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