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Geo Hazard??? Mysterious holes and fish discovered on Pacific Ocean floor inside micro depressions.


December 9, 2019

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute researchers found thousands of holes covering a potential wind-energy farm site off California’s coast, and they aren’t sure what caused them.

Seafloor map showing pockmark and micro-depressions in the seafloor off Big Sur. Image: © 2019 MBARI

During a recent survey of the deep seafloor off Big Sur, MBARI researchers discovered thousands of mysterious holes or pits in the seafloor. Scientists and resource managers want to understand how these pits formed because this area is the site of a proposed wind-energy farm. Researchers Eve Lundsten and Charles Paull describe their discovery this week at the Fall 2019 meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.

The researchers found two different sizes of holes. The larger ones, known as pockmarks, average 175 meters (almost 600 feet) across and five meters (16 feet) deep, and are nearly circular and fairly evenly spaced. Some of these pockmarks were initially discovered by MBARI scientists in 1999 during a seafloor survey using ship-mounted sonar. Over the last few years, additional surveys by MBARI and other organizations revealed over 5,200 pockmarks spread out over 1,300 square kilometers (500 square miles), making this area the largest known pockmark field in North America.

More recently, MBARI conducted detailed seafloor surveys using sonar mounted on autonomous underwater vehicles. These surveys revealed thousands of smaller pits, which they termed micro-depressions. The micro-depressions average just 11 meters (36 feet) across and one meter (three feet) deep. They have steeper sides than the pockmarks and are often elongated in one direction.

Map showing the locations of some of the pockmarks and proposed wind-farm areas off Central California. Image: © 2019 MBARI

Seafloor pockmarks have been found elsewhere around the world, and have been associated with releases of methane gas or other fluids from the seafloor. Such methane releases could potentially cause the seafloor to be unstable, which could pose risks for structures such as offshore oil platforms or wind turbines.  However MBARI researchers found no evidence of methane in the sediment or seawater in this region. In fact, sonar data showing layers of seafloor sediments suggest that these pockmarks have been inactive for the last 50,000 years.

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In contrast to the pockmarks, the micro-depressions formed in relatively young sediment. In addition, almost all of the micro-depressions contain objects such as rocks, kelp holdfasts, bones, trash, or fishing gear. Many micro-depressions also have “tails” of sediment that probably originated within the depression. In many areas, these tails are all oriented in the same direction.

Close-up view of the seafloor inside a micro-depression, showing trash, rocks, seafloor animals, and fish. Image: © 2019 MBARI

Based on these observations, the researchers hypothesize that the micro-depressions are relatively recent features that were were excavated by local seafloor currents. Because the sediment on the seafloor in this area is so soft and “fluffy,” the researchers speculate that even the movements of fish hiding out in the micro-depressions could stir up the sediment, allowing it to be carried away by currents.

Computer-generated 3D view of a micro-depression created using underwater video from MBARI’s remotely operated vehicle Doc Ricketts. Image: Ben Erwin © 2019 MBARI

Summarizing this work, Lundsten said, “The pockmarks and micro-depressions in this area are both holes in the seafloor that occur in softer sediments, but they are morphologically distinct. The cause and persistence of the pockmarks still remains a mystery, but we find no evidence they were created from gas or fluid in the seafloor in the recent past. The micro-depressions are recently formed erosional features; they are not ‘incipient pockmarks.’ Overall, a lot more work needs to be done to understand how all these features were formed, and this work is in progress.”

Article by Kim Fulton-Bennett

Original research presentation:

Lundsten, E.M., Paull, C., Caress, D.W, Gwiazda, R., Cochrane, G.R., Walton, M.A.L., Nieminski, N., Commingled Seafloor Pockmarks and Micro Depressions Offshore Big Sur, California, AGU Fall 2019 meeting, talk EP11B-02 (Monday, Dec. 9,  8:20 a.m.  Moscone West, Room 3009)

YOU COULD SAY THIS IS A REAL CLIFF HANGER…


What is happening to our Earth, Our Home…?

Tragic events keep afflicting our planet, our home.

 

Are these the new weather arrangements for the future.

Is this this final`e for our planet?

The last whooorahhhh?

Our rapid destruction, our tragic end.

We sometimes think the change is rapid when it is time that has worn out the soles of our planet. The abuse that humans have inflicted upon this great earth we call home. A Great Chapter I see as closing before our very eyes.

 

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SAY GOODBYE… Homes Fall Into Ocean In Pacifica Beach, Drone footage reveals erosion on Pacifica Coast, California.

San Francisco is falling apart at the ocean seams. Cliffside neighborhood in Pacifica that is threatened by erosion.

Esplanade Avenue in the San Francisco suburb are teetering on the cliff’s edge as other portions of the bluff appear to have disintegrated into the crashing waves below.


 


 


 

The coastal land loss of Jean Lafitte


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First encounter was off the coast of Dana Point

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NYC Restaurants Using Radiation Detectors On Fish From Pacific


Chefs Say So Far So Good, But Will Remain Vigilant

glowing-fishNEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Could powerful radiation from those reactors in Japan be tainting the fish you’re eating here at home? While the government says no, some restaurant owners aren’t taking any chances.
At Le Bernardin in Manhattan fish is a way of life.

“Well our fish is the freshest, of course, and it comes from the best,” owner Eric Ripert told CBS 2’s Kristin Thorne.

But celebrity owner Ripert said he’s making sure of it. He’s testing every single piece of fish that comes through his door for radiation.
“Some of our clients started asking us some questions and they were concerned,” Ripert said.

The concern is over radiation in the Pacific Ocean. A leak in one of the nuclear reactors in tsunami-ravaged Japan has spewed tons of radioactive material into the ocean. The Food & Drug Administration is testing all fish that comes into the United States and so far they say they haven’t found any contamination. Neither has Ripert.

“For a week now we are using it on all products that come to the restaurant and so far it’s absolutely zero radiation,” Ripert said.

So the radiation tester is really very easy to use. They take it and they run it along the surface of the fish.

There’s no radiation tester at the Lobster Place in Chelsea Market, but manager Davis Herron said he’s sure his fish is radiation-free. “We deal will suppliers that we trust and we know,” Herron said.

David Wallis of the West Village said he isn’t worried. Thorne caught up with him just as he was about to dig into his Chesapeake soft shell crab roll. “We’re good. I don’t think it’s gotten to the Chesapeake yet,” Wallis said.

Debbie Cersosimo of West Hartford, Conn., said she’s just going to avoid fish for a while. “You get enough radiation in everything else. You go through exams and stuff like that. No thanks,” she said.

While there’s no immediate concern for our food supply, all eyes are on Japan as the situation continues to unfold.

Chefs Thorne spoke to said if you’re concerned about your fish, you should ask a restaurant or grocery store staff where the fish came from.

California has eight monitoring stations for radiation in addition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s air-monitoring sites. The public will be updated about radiation levels, officials said.
My question is, as it should be for everyone. Is it “SAFE” to Eat the Fish from the “PACIFIC OCEAN”?

On a national level, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is collecting information on all food products regulated by the agency that are exported to the U.S. from Japan, the FDA said. This is being done so that the agency can evaluate whether these products will pose a risk to consumers in the future. Get ready now…–> Survival Equipment for the Family

The FDA is not concerned about the safety of food products from Japan that have already been distributed, the agency said. The FDA already screens imports and is monitoring for any trace of increased radiation in imported products.

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WARNING: Hiroshima killed thousands, Fukushima will and has Killed “MILLIONS” (video 2)


Fukushima reaches US shores.   #2

FUKUSHIMA reaches west coast
FUKUSHIMA reaches west coast

My question is, as it should be for everyone. Is it “SAFE” to Eat the Fish from the “PACIFIC OCEAN”? We really need to “RESEARCH” further into this issue. The lies and cover ups. Why??? Did they know there was nothing anyone could do?

 

FUKUSHIMA reaches west coast 2016
FUKUSHIMA reaches west coast 2016

West Coast officials, Obama: Don’t worry about radiation risk in U.S. By Elizabeth Landau, CNN March 18, 2011 8:38 a.m. EDT

(CNN) — Instead of worrying about the unlikely event of harmful radiation drifting from Japan, Californians should focus on preparing for earthquakes and other emergencies common in their own state, officials said.

Radiation from the tsunami-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan will dissipate over the more than 5,000 miles separating it from California, but eventually it may be detected in small, non-harmful amounts, said Dr. Howard Backer, interim director of the state Department of Public Health.

WILL YOU SURVIVE–>

“We do not anticipate any amounts of radiation that will cause any health effects,” Backer said Thursday.

In Washington, President Barack Obama went further in telling Americans not to worry.

There has been no detection of elevated levels of radiation on the West Coast, and experts say there is no way to predict how long it would take for radiation drifts to cross the Pacific. Even if that happens, the amount may be too small to be detected, experts said.

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Because of the way the radiation would likely travel, it would take “days” to reach the United States, and would probably first be detected in Alaska.

“There’s no marker that we can follow to know if any minimal radiation reaches the West Coast,” Backer said.

Meanwhile, some drugstores in California are running out of potassium iodide, which prevents some of radioactive iodine’s harm to the thyroid. State health officials don’t know how many people are preventatively taking potassium iodide, but they strongly discourage taking the medicine. It carries its own side effects, especially for people who have allergies to iodine, shellfish or who have thyroid problems.

Potassium iodide is part of the planning in communities around nuclear power plants in the state of California, in case of emergency, but will not be necessary in the U.S. for radiation from Japan, Backer said.

Rather than going out and getting potassium iodide, Backer said, Californians should buy a three- to five-day supply of food and water so that when their earthquake-prone state has its next temblor, they can be self-sufficient.

California has eight monitoring stations for radiation in addition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s air-monitoring sites. The public will be updated about radiation levels, officials said.


And although radiation may get into ocean water drifting from Japan, there are no concerns about surfers or bathers at California’s beaches, said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The radiation will disperse so quickly that there will not be a significant increase of radioactive material in seafood either, Backer said. WHAT WILL YOU EAT? click hereOn a national level, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is collecting information on all food products regulated by the agency that are exported to the U.S. from Japan, the FDA said. This is being done so that the agency can evaluate whether these products will pose a risk to consumers in the future. Get ready now…–> Survival Equipment for the Family

The FDA is not concerned about the safety of food products from Japan that have already been distributed, the agency said. The FDA already screens imports and is monitoring for any trace of increased radiation in imported products.

“The biggest health impact is the psychological impact,” Fielding said.

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