Friday, December 13, 2013

Fuku Death: 98% of Pacific SeafloorCovered In Dead Creatures145 mi from Cali National Geographic andNational Academy of Sciences - See more at:

Fuku Death: 98% of Pacific SeafloorCovered In Dead Creatures145 mi from Cali National Geographic andNational Academy of Sciences -

This newly-released report from National Geographic is nothing short of devastating, demonstrating how the ongoing Fukushima catastrophe is affecting that the food chain of the entire Pacific Basin, including the waters off the coast of California.

This information is taken from both National Geographic and the National Academy of Sciences and it shares that, as of July 1st of 2012, 98% of the studied sea floor 145 miles off the coast of California was covered with dead and decomposing sea creatures. For those who think that 98% may be a normal study number, only a few months earlier, in March the same study found less than 1% of the sea floor covered with ‘detritus’.

Several up-to-date video reports depict that squid are now washing ashore on Santa Cruz beaches and that a mysterious illness is causing starfish of the Pacific Northwest to simply fall apart.

Here are extracts from the reports published recently in two academic journals:

National Geographic, Nov. 22, 2013: [...] “In the 24 years of this study, the past 2 years have been the biggest amounts of this detritus by far,” said study leader Christine Huffard, a marine biologist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California. [...]

"In March 2012, less than one percent of the seafloor beneath Station M [located 145 miles west of the coast of California between Santa Barbara and Monterey] was covered in dead sea salps [complex, filter-feeding planktonic sea creatures].

"By July 1, more than 98 percent of it was covered in the decomposing organisms, according to the study, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [...] Although climate change is a leading contender for explaining the major increases in 2011 and 2012, Huffard says that these spikes could be part of a longer-term trend that scientists haven’t yet observed. She hopes to continue gathering data from Station M to try and figure it out."


Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nov. 11, 2013 [...] "Two major peaks in POC [particulate organic carbon] flux occurred over the last 18 mo of the time series [...] The peak POC flux in spring/summer 2011 was the highest recorded over the 24-y time series [...] The daily presence of detrital aggregates on the sea floor did not exceed 15% coverage over the period from 1990 to 2007. The highest sea-floor coverage by detrital aggregates measured throughout the 24-y time series occurred between March and August 2012, when salp detritus ranged from <1% cover in early March to a high of 98% cover on 1 July"
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