Due to "when will the ice break  MAR 14 2008

Due to "when will the ice break up" contests in Alaska and other records dating back more than 150 years, climate scientists are able to study the onset of spring thaws.

Seventeen lakes in Europe, Asia and the U.S. with records going back 150 years are thawing, on average, 13 days earlier now than when first recorded, said Wisconsin lake scientist Barbara Benson.

Frustrating that there's no charts associated with the story; this is a case where a picture would be worth 1000 words.

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