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Disappearing Lake
This Feb. 12, 2014 photo shows the Columbia River from the mouth of Dairy Creek. in Portland, Ore. Sturgeon Lake doesn't have sturgeon anymore. They lived here back when the lake was still deep enough for water skiers and windsurfers to skim across its surface. The water body covering much of the island's northern half is steadily disappearing. During the driest late summer days, most of Sturgeon Lake isn't a lake at all. Much of its 3,000 acres becomes a mud flat. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Beth Nakamura) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; THE MERCURY OUT; WILLAMETTE WEEK OUT; PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP OUT