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As Planet Warms, Less Ice Covering North American Lakes

An athlete sweeps a puck behind a goal at a pond hockey tournament Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, in Grand Lake, Colo. The event, which takes place on the state's largest natural lake, was held a month later than normal due to a delayed freeze following a trend of extremely hot summers and an uncharacteristically warm fall. (AP Photo/Brittany Peterson)
An athlete sweeps a puck behind a goal at a pond hockey tournament Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, in Grand Lake, Colo. The event, which takes place on the state's largest natural lake, was held a month later than normal due to a delayed freeze following a trend of extremely hot summers and an uncharacteristically warm fall. (AP Photo/Brittany Peterson)
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Grand Lake, Colorado (AP) -- With a backdrop of mountain vistas and a rink of natural ice, the annual ice hockey tournament at Grand Lake offers a picturesque snapshot of Colorado’s beauty. What’s not apparent is the problem brewing under players’ skates.

This year’s tournament was held a month later than normal, with thin ice forcing organizers to postpone the event originally scheduled for the third weekend of January.