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July 31, 2013 |
An unmanned submarine set to dive more than 1,000 feet to scour the bottom of Lake Tahoe didn't quite make it all the way. During shallower test dives earlier this month, the submarine encountered complications with a few of its motors, said Gordon Seitz with the California Geological Survey. The engineers who created the vessel considered the problems serious enough that they didn't want to risk diving it all the way to the bottom of the lake, he said. The 28-foot-long, 2,200-pound submarine, designed to explore beneath the ice shelves of Antarctica, was diving Lake Tahoe in its first test run. Seitz and his team hoped to capture valuable data and high-definition images of an earthquake fault along the lake's bottom that scientists have wondered about for years.
February 21, 2013 |
Reports of giant goldfish wreaking havoc in Lake Tahoe may have garnered fresh attention this week, but officials say the feral fish are just part of an army of invasive critters that they've been battling for years. Searching for invasive species that have colonized the resort-town lake, researchers Sudeep Chandra and Christine Ngai at the University of Nevada, Reno, nabbed the monstrous fish in 2011. One of them, part of a school of about 15 fish, stretched 14 inches and tipped the scales at 4.2 pounds -- dwarfing its typically finger-length, aquarium-bound counterparts.
October 14, 2010 |
The zip line today is what mountain biking was 10 years ago: a hot new money-maker for ski resorts in the off-season. Among the latest places to add such an attraction is Kirkwood Mountain Resort in Lake Tahoe . The price of its just-opened zip line: $125 per person. Turns out gravity is its own thrill ride. Kirkwood’s zip course, which connects eight segments, can reach speeds of 35 miles per hour. Offering scenic views, it bobs and weaves through heavily forested parts of the mountain.
October 7, 2011 |
Bring on the snow (and indeed there's already snow at Lake Tahoe and Mammoth ) to cash in on this foul-weather deal. Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar in Truckee, Calif., discounts eats and drinks each time a bona fide storm warning is issued in the Lake Tahoe area. It's a nice way to meet the locals and take a break from the slopes -- provided you can get there and back. The deal: Stormy Weather Get-Togethers, a kind of happy hour that goes into effect when the stormy weather blows, feature $3 microbrews, $1 off a glass of wine and $6 margaritas as well as discounts on appetizers, salads and entrees.
February 22, 2013 |
The monster goldfish that researchers retrieved from Lake Tahoe is the latest discovery that warns of the breakdown of ecological systems if people don't stop dumping their aquarium pets into lakes, rivers and the ocean. Researchers trawling for invasive fish species found a goldfish that was nearly 1 1/2 feet long and weighed more than 4 pounds. They're concerned about the fish's threat to the ecosystem of Lake Tahoe, LiveScience.com reported Thursday. University of Nevada Reno researchers found "a nice corner where there's about 15 other goldfish," environmental scientist Sudeep Chandra told LiveScience.
May 25, 2012 |
Now it snows? After a disappointing winter for snow sports, Mammoth and Lake Tahoe are bracing for wintry storms during the Memorial Day weekend. In Mammoth, the forecast for Friday is for an 80% chance of snow, with accumulations of a couple of inches overnight. Saturday's forecast calls for a 40% chance of snow, with skies drying out Sunday and Monday. Highs by Monday were expected to reach into the 60s. The ski area still has a base of 10-36 inches. Lifts still operating include Broadway, Facelift, Thunderbound and Chair 23. The Upper and Lower Panorama gondola will reopen for scenic rides and skiers this weekend.