Not Just Water: The John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

I’m posting this video with several weeks delay, but I didn’t want to keep it from you: it’s about my visit at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, which was definitely one of the most interesting customer visits I’ve been on so far. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

On our visit to Chicago, my Metrohm USA tour guide Michelle and I visited the John G. Shedd Aquarium, a visit that we’d been particularly looking forward to. The Aquarium opened in 1930. If you’re ever in Chicago, you won’t be able to miss it. The prominent building is located right on the shore of Lake Michigan and it’s huge: it’s home to 35’000 animals, from seahorses to penguins to beluga whales.

The different species at the Aquarium have very different water requirements. I’m not just talking about sea and fresh water here. Fresh water from the Amazon is distinct from the one found in the Great Lakes, for example. To make sure the conditions are always optimum for each animal, water samples from each habitat are analyzed every single day. In the video below, Allen LaPointe, Vice President of Environmental Quality, talks about the Shedd Aquarium, its animals, saving water, and more!

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  • Markus

    Dear Stephanie,
    Another very intresting and informative post. Especially due to the information around ion chromatography.
    Thank you

    April 4, 2018 - 6:51 am Reply
  • Alyson Lanciki

    I think it’s amazing that the aquarium was able to recycle and drop water usage by half over the past 10 years! This is a really nice video, Stephanie. Thank you for sharing.

    April 4, 2018 - 8:12 am Reply
  • C.S.Ramachandran

    Very impressive video, Stephanie. The sustainable green chemistry in water management as elucidated by Mr.Allen LaPointe fits in nicely with the “Metrohm-green” IC in the background 🙂

    April 4, 2018 - 2:36 pm Reply

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