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UMD to install data devices beneath Lake Superior

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DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — University of Minnesota Duluth researchers are installing technology more often used in oceans on the bottom of Lake Superior this week.

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Researcher Jay Austin says the "moored proofing platforms" will gather data year-round, which hasn't been possible before due to the difficulty of getting out on the lake during the winter.

The robot-like platforms will detect things like temperature, depth, currents, light intensity and amount of oxygen, the Duluth News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/O2wXp2 ). Austin says that's data not being gathered right now.

The platforms are funded by a nearly half-million-dollar federal grant.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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