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Acidic water blamed for West Coast scallop die-off

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posted on Feb, 26 2014 @ 10:49 PM
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The Vancouver Sun


Ten million scallops that have died in the waters near Qualicum Beach due to rising ocean acidity are the latest victims in a series of marine die-offs that have plagued the West Coast for a decade.



“I’ve seen pH measured down to about 7.2, so this is very much within the realm of possibility, though unfortunate and extreme,” he said. “We are in a hot spot in the Pacific Northwest.” The lower the pH, the higher the acidity. Local waters are typically a much-less-acidic 8.2. High acidity interferes with the ability of baby scallops to form a protective shell, forcing them to expend more energy and making them more vulnerable to predators and infection. “When the pH goes down, it’s a lot harder to build that shell and we’ve seen that in a lot of other species in the lab,” said Harley. “It interferes with everything they do, their basic physiology is affected".


This is happening world-wide. Barrier reefs, all manner of shell fish, between over-fishing and acidification we're looking at literally killing the oceans.




posted on Feb, 26 2014 @ 10:55 PM
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This is happening world-wide. Barrier reefs, all manner of shell fish, between over-fishing and acidification we're looking at literally killing the oceans.



This is impossible. Why just last week a Utah lawmaker said that the atmosphere needs more CO2.

www.popsci.com...

Ocean acidification caused by CO2.



posted on Feb, 26 2014 @ 10:58 PM
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Pretty sure that was his wallet screaming from his ass.



posted on Feb, 26 2014 @ 11:15 PM
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Here is the video segment as reported by the Vancouver Island Chek News:

Chek 6 Story

edit on 26-2-2014 by doggoneit666 because: (no reason given)



posted on Feb, 26 2014 @ 11:48 PM
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Yet another sign that we are in the Anthropocene.



posted on Feb, 28 2014 @ 09:27 AM
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It's truly catastropic. The human race has screwed things up beyond what we will admit to. I just opened a playdough set and it took me 10 minutes - massive amounts of plaatic along with plastic ties and tape for each piece. What I threw in the garbage far exceeds the volume needed for these toys. One toy - related to a landfill somewhere. Think of what's dumped in the ocean. The amount of waste is out of control.



posted on Feb, 28 2014 @ 09:52 AM
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Kali74...
This is happening world-wide. Barrier reefs, all manner of shell fish, between over-fishing and acidification we're looking at literally killing the oceans.

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