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Published February 10, 2011, 01:27 PM

Expert says Devils Lake expansion will magnify

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A University of North Dakota geography professor says the flooding Devils Lake likely will swallow up more land at a much faster rate than before.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A University of North Dakota geography professor says the flooding Devils Lake likely will swallow up more land at a much faster rate than before.

The lake has quadrupled in size because of almost two decades of wet weather and is expected to reach another record level this year. Paul Todhunter says the lake is at the point where there will be a greater expansion of area for each foot of rise.

He says that since the wet cycle began, the lake has expanded at an average rate of about 11 square miles a year. He says the 3-foot rise expected this spring could cause an expansion of more than 50 square miles.

The Grand Forks Herald reports that the lake covers 252 square miles, compared to 70 in 1993.

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