Lake Erie

Erie is the shallowest of the Great Lakes, with an average depth of 62 feet. It is 241 miles long and 57 miles wide.

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Submitted Art / Jennifer Nalbone

Its 20 degrees on a frigid Saturday afternoon. Jennifer Nalbone is standing outside a small Western New York airport waiting for her father Lou.


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For Max and Lucy Schneider, the commute to Put-in-Bay School on South Bass Island starts with a take-off.

“I wake up in the morning, and then to get to school I go on a plane, and then I take a taxi to get here,” says Lucy Schneider, an 8th grader who enjoys cheerleading and art class. Her brother Max is a high school sophomore who’s involved with the basketball team and robotics club.

The Schneiders live on Middle Bass Island, about a mile from Put-in-Bay. The Middle Bass school closed in 1982, so since then, students have been flying to Put-in-Bay daily.

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Great Lakes Today's Elizabeth Miller flew to an island in Lake Erie recently, to visit Ohio's smallest school, and her report was featured on All Things Considered:

School traffic never bothers Max Schneider.

In the airplane he takes to class every day, his commute is pretty easy.

Researchers are refining a system to predict the strength and movement of harmful algae blooms that plague Lake Erie during the summer. The blooms can be dangerous -- fouling beaches and threatening drinking water, especially at the western end of the lake. 

Reporter Elizabeth Miller traveled to Middle Bass and South Bass islands for upcoming stories chronicling winter life in the town of Put in Bay. Check out an early morning aerial view of Lake Erie on the 10-minute flight from Port Clinton, Ohio, to Middle Bass Island.

 

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