Dead sea lions washing on shore in California appear to have died from radiation poisoning.

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(NaturalNews) Dead sea lions washing on shore in California appear to have died from radiation poisoning. An unusual surge of stranded dying and dead sea lions (seals) have littered Southern California beaches from Santa Barbara to San Diego since earlier this year. Most of the area newspapers and media outlets have been alarmingly reporting this unusual phenomenon.

It’s unusual because this is the season when sea lion pups flourish. Instead they’re struggling ashore in starved, emaciated conditions, if they’ve managed to stay alive. Scientists say almost half the sea lions born this past winter have died.

When they get too thin, they’re forced to go ashore for sun because they can’t stay warm in cool waters. All the concerned marine biology scientists are scratching their heads. Some have commented on how this sort of mortality rate is usually predictable according to atmospheric or oceanic conditions.

But there are none of the obvious tell-tale signs that could have predicted this high occurrence of seal pup mortality.

“They’re clearly not getting enough food,” said Victoria Harris, Interim Executive Director with the California Wildlife Center. Yet another scientist claims there are sufficient squid and sardine populations for them off the coast of California.

Scientists seem to be determined to get to the bottom of this marine life tragedy. “Marine mammals are sentinels of the eco system,” stated Victoria Harris, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA).

The NOAA publicly announced that they considered radiation unlikely as the cause, but it wasn’t ruled out.

How radiation could be the primary causal event

Japanese marine scientists have announced extremely high radiation reading in sea water collected off Japan.

The New York Times article, “Fukushima’s Contamination Produces Some Surprises at Sea” published September 28, 2011 contained information from scientists about extremely high amounts of radioactive cesium 137.

The extremely high readings recorded at different times indicated that cesium 137 was rising, and at that time in 2011, more radioactive material was continuing to leak into the ocean.

That article registered concern over the high amounts of radioactive material, but claimed at that time the ocean was diluting the radiation levels low enough to prevent humans from being harmed directly.

Of course, California sea lions are a long way off from the Japan coast, but different currents and eddies could spread a continuing accumulation of radioactive contamination farther out into the ocean from Japan.

Even tuna caught off the California coast have been found with higher than normal traces of cesium 137 from the Fukushima disaster in May of 2012.

An unpublicized cause of death for seal pups is domoic acid, produced by toxic algae bloom. It causes seizure and death in California sea lions. Domoic acid is a neurotoxin produced by a few specific types of harmful algae blooms among the phytoplankton on the ocean’s surface.

Often this results in what’s been termed “Red Tide” that kills off lots of marine life.

Here’s where I’m going with this. Phytoplankton is easily corrupted. Although it’s involved with providing well over half the earth’s oxygen through the process of photosynthesis, excessive UV rays coming through ozone layer openings do damage them.

So now we have a 2011 report from researchers at the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology which stated that Fukushima’s radioactive cessium 137 has contaminated ocean plankton. Plankton is the first food within the marine life food chain.

Professor Takashi Ishimaru, said the plankton were heavily contaminated because sea currents continuously carried contaminated water southward from the nuclear plant. There you have it. Radioactively contaminated plankton.

If it doesn’t produce a form of domoic acid from that damage, it goes up the food chain to larger fish and sea mammals. Remember that quote from earlier in this article: “Marine mammals are sentinels of the eco system.”

If not directly from radioactive contamination, which has not been ruled out since some Fukushima radioactive debris has washed ashore on the west coast, then the indirect consequences of radioactive plankton could be at the bottom of this seal pup tragedy.

Source:http://www.naturalnews.com/039924_sea_lions_radiation_California.html#ixzz35g3UxeUD

 

Sources for this article include:

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com

http://enenews.com

http://www.malibutimes.com

http://www.elephantseal.org/Marine-mammals/sealion.htm

http://enenews.com

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com

http://www.see-the-sea.org/topics/pollution/air/AirPol-body.htm

http://education.nationalgeographic.com

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Lava flows the ancient plains of Mars

Posted on March 6, 2014 by  in Dick Clippings

By carefully studying the boundaries between overlapping flows, planetary scientists can build up a picture of the eruption history of the Red Planet’s giant volcanoes. Lava floods the ancient plains of Mars

By ESA, Noordwijk, Netherlands  |  Published: Thursday, March 06, 2014

RELATED TOPICS: SOLAR SYSTEM | MARS | MARS EXPRESS | ESA

Lava flows in Daedalia Planum ESA/DLR/FU Berlin

Two distinct volcanic eruptions have flooded this area of Daedalia Planum with lava, flowing around an elevated fragment of ancient terrain.Daedalia_Planum_context

The European Space Agency’s Mars Express acquired the images November 28, 2013, toward the eastern boundary of the gigantic Tharsis Montes volcanic region where the largest volcanoes on Mars are found.

Daedalia Planum and Mistretta Crater in context

Topography data by MOLA Science Team; map compilation by Freie Univ. Berlin using GMT 4

The lava flows seen in this image come from Arsia Mons, the southernmost volcano in the Tharsis complex, which lies around 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) to the northwest of the region featured here. This volcanic region is thought to have been active until tens of millions of years ago, relatively recent on the planet’s geological timescale that spans 4.6 billion years.

The rough elevated terrain at the bottom of the main image is imprinted with three distinct but eroded impact craters, the largest of which is about 10 miles (16.5km) wide and named Mistretta. The ancient foundation it sits on once belonged to the vast southern highlands, but is now surrounded by a sea of lava, like many other isolated fragments that can be seen in the wider context image.

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Daedalia Planum lava flows close up ESA/DLR/FU Berlin

Lava flows from two distinct eruptions have reached the foot of this particular feature.

The first eruption produced the lava flow to the south of the island (to the left in the main image and to the right in the close-up perspective image). This flow subsequently experienced extensive faulting due to tectonic forces, resulting in the numerous trough systems.

The younger lava flow (right in the main image, left in the close-up image) must have taken place after the tectonic event that caused the faulting because it overlies both the older lava surface and the tectonic features. Indeed, at the front of the flow, several tongues of lava have flowed preferentially along the lower ground of the troughs.

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Topography of Daedalia Planum and Mistretta Crater ESA/DLR/FU Berlin

The impact craters is another clear indication of the relative ages of the two flows: The older, fractured lava flow has more and larger ones than the younger flow.

 

The younger lava flow also has a rough texture, with many small ridges on the surface. These features form as a result of speed gradients within the lava flow due to the difference in temperature between the hot faster-flowing interior lava and the cooler slower “roof” of the flow that is exposed to the atmosphere.

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Daedalia Planum and Mistretta Crater in 3-D ESA/DLR/FU Berlin

But neither lava flow traveled unimpeded. The highland “island” in this scene created an obstacle, forcing them to circle its flanks and override its base, most noticeable to the north (to the right in the main color, topography, and 3-D images).

The wider Daedalia Planum region bears witness to numerous lava flows similar to these, each one overlaying the last. By carefully studying the boundaries between overlapping flows, planetary scientists can build up a picture of the eruption history of the Red Planet’s giant volcanoes.

Source: http://astronomy.com/news/2014

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