Bloomfield Blossoms: p. 024-025 Creator
Smith, Kay, 1925- Institution
Bloomfield Township Public Library Subject
Sodon Lake (Oakland County, Mich.) Subject
Bloomfield Township (Mich.) Subject
Newcombe, Curtis L. Item Number
part of 'Bloomfield Blossoms' by Kay Smith Type
text, image Format
BEAUTY AND MYSTERY IN STILL WATERS
Sodon Lake between Long Lake and Lone Pine Roads
near Franklin looks so peaceful and pleasant on an autumn
day. The diving board suggests the swimming and boating
which make it such a pleasant place to be in summer.
How sinister that it has a darker side, a deep secret vault
where prehistoric mysteries are hidden. Words like
dyothermic and meromictic apply to it. Sheltered from the
wind, and just 5.7 acres in surface area, it is still 60 feet deep, and surface winds and variations of temperature
don't affect that lower cavern where is stored the evidence
of vegetation of each interim between glacial periods.
The water at the lower level does not mix with the upper
water, making the lake a rare phenomenon.
It was this peculiar characteristic which prompted Dr.
Curtis L. Newcombe, of Cranbrook Institute of Science,
who tested the secrets of the little lake in the 1940s, to
suggest before the American Association for the Advance-
ment of Science that Sodon Lake be used as a depository
for nuclear waste. The suggestion was not accepted.
Sodon is one of 32 lakes and ponds in the original
Township area, most left as the glaciers retreated, some
man-made or at least deepened to drain off water.