” A floating island of debris the size of Texas has been crossing the vast Pacific Ocean to the western shores of the Americas since a devastating tsunami inundated Japan in 2011, says a new study.
Five million tons of wreckage – the remains of homes, boats, and other remnants of shattered lives in eastern Japan – were swallowed by the ocean that day in March, and more than one million tons of flotsam continues to head towards the west coast of the US.”
” While the first documented debris from the tragedy has already been found in California, scientists fear these new findings mean there could be a lot more to come and it might arrive all at once.”
Tag Archive: Pacific Ocean
Underwater video clip of debris site. (Credit: TIGHAR)
” This week marked a new chapter in the decades-long search for the plane piloted by aviator Amelia Earhart on what would become her final mission in June 1937. Researchers with the Earhart Project, a division of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), have released sonar images that they believe show the remains of Earhart’s twin-engine Lockheed Electra lying 600 feet below sea level off the coast of an uninhabited island in the South Pacific—just 350 miles from Earhart’s original destination on her fateful journey.
Amelia Earhart’s daring round-the-world-flight was cut short when her Lockheed Electra disappeared over the Pacific Ocean on June 2, 1937. Though rescue workers began scouring the area for signs of life, neither Earhart, her navigator Fred Noonan or their plane were found. In an official report, the U.S. government concluded that the two seasoned flyers, unable to locate their destination of Howland Island, ran out of fuel, crashed into the water and sank. Earhart was declared legally dead on January 5, 1939, but the question of why and where her plane went down remains one of history’s biggest mysteries. In the seven decades since the Earhart disappearance, a number of hypotheses that differ from the official government line have emerged.”
Video from the TIGHAR Youtube channel
Published on Aug 25, 2012
” This 2 minute video clip encompasses the ROV’s entire pass over and past a debris field of man-made objects that may be wreckage from Amelia Earhart’s aircraft. The sounds you hear are made by the thrusters that control and maneuver the ROV. “Esmerelda” sings to herself while she works.
The features in the debris field first appear 51 seconds into the clip. A word of caution: The objects were spotted by a trained forensic imaging scientist. Most people will see nothing but coral. Others will see aircraft parts that aren’t there. This is the raw footage. Many specialized techniques will be applied to learn more from this imagery.”
” While China and North Korea are scaling up the aggressiveness to 11, the United States is preparing for Waterworld. When historians look back on this period, they will be baffled by the pivot of a world power from bringing order and stability to sinking into a bizarre ecological superstition that led it to completely neglect the security situation.
It would be nice to think that this insanity was just limited to the White House, but military leaders now know to echo whatever insanity comes out of the White House.
Navy Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, in an interview at a Cambridge hotel Friday… said significant upheaval related to the warming planet “is probably the most likely thing that is going to happen . . . that will cripple the security environment, probably more likely than the other scenarios we all often talk about.’’ “
- Climate Change is Biggest Threat, Says Top Navy Commander in Pacific (motherjones.com)
- Is global warming a bigger military threat than North Korea? (theblaze.com)
- Commander of U.S. Forces Pacific: Climate change is top threat (climatesciencewatch.org)
- Admiral Says That CO2 Is Worse Than Pearl Harbor And Nuclear War (stevengoddard.wordpress.com)
- Chief of US Pacific forces: Climate Change Top Threat (climatecrocks.com)
- US Pacific Commander: Climate Change is the Top Threat (theenergycollective.com)
” For decades, recreational and commercial fishermen have exploited the unique relationship between yellowfin tuna and certain species of porpoise (aka dolphin) in the Eastern Pacific. Schools of yellowfin swim with pods of spotted dolphin and spinner dolphin in the tropics, as well as Pacific common dolphin and white-sided dolphin as far north as Southern California in warmer months. Commercial fishermen look for the dolphin and then wrap up the pod with purse seines to capture the schooling tuna below, sometimes killing dolphin in the process. Recreational fishermen troll lures or put baits in front of the pod to catch yellowfin.
Most anglers, including me, have always believed that the relationship was born out of the search for food, though no one knew if the porpoise were leading the tuna to food or vice versa. However, recently published research indicates that the tuna follow the dolphin, but food is not the primary reason. “
- The Biggest Yellowfin Tuna EVER [Abe’s Newsroom] (abrahamthinkin.wordpress.com)
- La Mesan Petruescu’s 445-pound yellowfin makes history (utsandiego.com)
- Yellowfin tuna caught off Mexico expected to be largest ever landed (grindtv.com)
- LDWF Launches New Program to Improve the Accuracy of Yellowfin Tuna Landings (louisianalagniappe.wordpress.com)
“According to Pat Bradley, one of the cameramen who documented US atomic tests during the 1950s, the Wahoo and Umbrella underwater explosions were more amazing than a atmospheric nuclear explosion. Watch this stunning video and listen to him explaining his experience of living these explosions just 2.5 miles away.”