In the summer of 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster received all the headlines, but another catastrophe also loomed. According to an
article by Carl Zimmer, entitled “A looming oxygen crisis and its impact on world’s oceans,” oxygen dissolved in the Gulf waters was
disappearing at such an alarming rate that fish and other animals didn’t stand a chance.
The 2010 “dead zone” was 7,722 square miles. These dead zones first appeared in the 1970’s, and have returned every summer growing in size.
Zimmer reported that once the agricultural run off reaches the Gulf, it spurs algae to grow, providing a feast for bacteria, which grow so fast they
use up all the oxygen in the area.
“The same phenomenon is repeating itself along many coastlines around the world. This summer, a 377,000-square-kilometer (145,000-square-mile) dead
zone appeared in the Baltic Sea. In 2008, scientists reported that new dead zones have been popping up at an alarming rate for the past 50 years.
There are now more than 400 coastal dead zones around the world,” Zimmer said.
This article explains how, as global warming continues, it will not only be the mouths of these rivers carrying agriculture run off, but oxygen
depletion will occur across the oceans and combined with acidification, this could have a major impact on sea life. I believe we are already seeing
this on a large and frightening scale with all the mass-animal die-offs. I will dedicate a chapter later to this phenomenon, the reality of its
existence and what it means for us.
As water gets warmer, it holds less dissolved oxygen, making the waters more and more anoxic and less and less sustainable to life.
The deeper waters will continue to get warmer because the surface water will become lighter as more rainfall, melting glaciers, icebergs and ice
sheets add to the ocean waters as a result of a warming world. Salt water is denser than fresh water. Lighter surface waters won’t sink to the
bottom, thus, oxygen won’t sink and it will remain at the surface where it will be consumed by oxygen-breathing organisms. There are many articles
with data and research proving the waters are warming both in the deep sea levels and also in the upper layers.
Back to the Jumping Jack Flash Hypothesis. He last discussed how the anoxic ocean waters are pluming deadly hydrogen sulfide gas into the
By Jonny Mnemonic
This process is also allowing in more heat, which is now accumulating in the Gulf, along the east coast, and in other areas of the world's oceans,
lakes, and seas, and beginning to dissociate the methane hydrate deposits. Because the H2S eats away the hydroxyl radicals as well as ozone, and
because the hydroxyl radicals are what would NORMALLY mitigate methane in the atmosphere, the resulting methane plumes will last considerably longer,
enhancing the oceanic heating, causing more H2S plumes, making the methane last longer...and so on.
I believe that the reaction Jonny talks about in his Hypothesis began sooner than 2010, before the change in the Gulf Stream. Methane levels began
rising at alarming rates in 2007 after a 10-year leveling off of methane release. I believe that this is what triggered the oceanic changes but I’m
not sure what it was that caused the methane to begin rising so rapidly in 2007.
Here are two charts that show the levels of methane in the atmosphere.
As you can see in the first chart, methane levels remained fairly constant for centuries up until late 1700’s, the start of the Industrial Age. Then
it kicked into high gear during the 20th century as Industry, such as oil and gas, started to kick into high gear. In the second chart, it shows the
last few decades of methane levels. Pay attention to how in the mid-1990's the methane leveled off, but then something transpired on a world wide
scale in 2007 that set off a rapid increase in methane release.
According to an MIT study, the release happened simultaneously throughout the planet, meaning levels began to rise in both hemispheres, when most
methane sources reside in the northern hemisphere. According to the MIT article by David Chandler of the MIT News Office, “Levels of the greenhouse
gas methane begin to increase again,” it takes about a year for the gas released in the north to spread evenly into the southern hemisphere, but in
this case it was all at once, and that is a mystery.
The MIT article, based on an a paper published in Geophysical Review Letters by co-authors Matthew Rigby and Ronald Prinn, the TEPCO Professor of
Atmospheric Chemistry in MIT’s Department of Earth, claimed that the recent growth in methane occurred almost simultaneously at all measurement
locations across the globe.
“Theoretical analysis of the measurements shows that if an increase in emissions are solely responsible; these emissions must have risen by a
similar amount in both hemispheres at the same time,” the article stated. “A rise in Northern Hemispheric emissions may be due to the very warm
conditions that were observed over Siberia throughout 2007, potentially leading to increased bacterial emissions from wetland areas. However, a
potential cause for an increase in Southern Hemispheric emissions is less clear.”
In this next part of the Jumping Jack Flash Hypothesis, the author, Jonny Mnemonic describes how these dangerous gases, hydrogen sulfide and methane,
may be causing an alarming increase in mysterious explosions and unexplained fires all around the world.
By Jonny Mnemonic
Because hydrogen sulfide and methane are both highly flammable gases, their interaction with our flammable fuels infrastructure (cars, planes, jet
skis, boats, homes, hotels, businesses, chemical plants, ammo depots, etc) is problematic and is leading to increases in fires and explosions,
everywhere generally, but more on and near the coasts. Also, hydrogen sulfide is extremely fast-acting (it is deemed a 'knockdown agent' for this
reason) and people driving any type of vehicle are likely to be affected, either rendered unconscious or dead, and this will cause an increase in
major vehicular accidents of all kinds which has already begun.
Hydrogen sulfide is a heavier than-air-gas and will be accumulating in low-lying places: the oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, ravines, ditches, quays,
canyons, valleys, gorges, streams, etc. Water is also heavier-than-air, so wherever you find water you are likely to find H2S accumulating. Methane is
slightly more buoyant than (normal) air so it will mix and be generally everywhere, but will tend to fill up our atmosphere from the top down.
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