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Bodies of Deep Sea Creatures Found to Contain Radioactive Carbon From Atomic Bombs

Bodies of Deep Sea Creatures Found to Contain Radioactive Carbon From Atomic Bombs 86

The Cold War is done and dusted (well, kind of) but its legacy still lives on, even in the bodies of creatures living in the world’s deepest underwater trench.

At the bottom of the West Pacific, in its darkest depths – the deepest point on Earth, in fact, the Mariana Trench – scientists have discovered the presence of unstable carbon isotopes in the bodies of shrimp-like beasties. By tracing the unique “fingerprint” of the isotopes, they were able to trace it back to the nasty leftovers of nuclear warheads detonated during the Cold War.

Reporting in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, scientists led by the Chinese Academy of Sciences documented how atmosphere explosions from nuclear warheads above the Pacific ended up in the guts of tiny crustaceans at depths of up to 11,000 meters (36,000 feet).

The team of scientists started by collecting small crustaceans, known as amphipods, from the Mariana Trench, Mussau Trench, and New Britain Trench in the spring of 2017. Analysis of their muscle tissue and gut contents found strangely elevated levels of the unstable carbon isotope carbon-14 (14C), a sure sign of thermonuclear denotations.

The world’s small handful of nuclear power nations – mainly the US and the former USSR – have conducted more than 2,000 nuclear test explosions since 1945, nearly 400 of which were denotated in the atmosphere between 1945 to 1963. As a result of this wreckless atomic activity, the amount of 14C in the atmosphere doubled during the 1950s and 1960s alone.

It appears that this 14C “drifted” its way down to the ocean’s surface water below. Here, it was eaten by surface-dwelling creatures, where it made its way deep into the food chain of Pacific marine life. As scavengers, amphipods will also happily eat the rotting flesh of marine creatures that have floated down to the seabed after they die, thereby serving as a super-fast route through the atmospheric 14C to end up in the belly of deep-sea shrimps.

Interestingly, the levels of 14C also suggested that these deep sea inhabitants have a relatively long lifespan of over 10 years, much higher than their shallow-water cousins.

“This ‘bomb 14C’ mixed quickly into the surface ocean and terrestrial carbon pools, enabling 14C to be traced within the carbon cycle on a short time scale, from years to decades,” the study authors write.

“The penetration of bomb 14C into the deepest fauna has not been reported until now.”

Radioactivity isn’t the only relic of human activity that can be found in these trenches. Scientists have found plastic bags on the floor of the Mariana Trench. Even more worrying, a recent study published earlier this year discovered the presence of microplastics in animals living in the Mariana Trench. In fact, nearly 75 percent of the shrimp tested here contained at least one plastic microparticle, showing that human influence has spread to even the most remote places on Earth.

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Now just imagine what’s happening to sea life because of Fukushima, and what those who eat sea animals could be potentially ingesting.

Tom Hale
IFL

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Polar vortex: “wild” winter is coming in the US, Northern Europe and East Asia after the 16th of January

Polar vortex: "wild" winter is coming in the US, Northern Europe and East Asia after the 16th of January 93

In the upper atmosphere above the North Pole, experts saw a rapidly swirling vortex of cold air that could bring severe frosts to the United States, Northern Europe and East Asia. Serious cold snap and snowy weather are expected after January the 16th.

Snowfalls and a cold snap hit South Korea since the start of 2021, hitting historic snow maximums and temperatures. In the country, for the first time since 1964, television and newer communications are sending people cold snap warnings:

The situation is similar in Japan, where a new snow storm hit historic highs:

On January 7, the thermometer In Beijing dropped to -20 degrees Celsius, breaking the 1966 record. In other regions of China, the temperature is also not sugar, and you can only move around in special uniforms:

The cold even reached Taiwan, where the temperature in some areas dropped below freezing point, snow poured down and people realized that rice terraces can be used as a ski jump:

Even more snow went to Spain, where on January 6, 2021, a temperature of -34.1 ° C was recorded – the lowest on record. After that, a snow storm hit the country, which has not been seen for 80 years:

The same thing happens in Canada and in the northern states of the United States:

It seems that after a stratospheric warming, the subpolar vortex began to split:

The vortex itself is a standard phenomenon. However, this time experts were surprised at his movement. It is possible that in the near future it will be divided into two parts. 

Scientists associate the strange behavior with the changed climate in the Arctic, which has become warmer. From September to December, the amount of ice cover decreased significantly.

The polar vortex is a low-pressure region located in the stratosphere and filled with cold air. When the jet stream of air that holds the vortex weakens, the low pressure area moves south. 

As the ice shrinks, more moisture will move inland. It will turn to snow, so snowfalls are expected. Snow, in turn, reflects heat, leading to a cold snap.

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Hospital in Naples was evacuated after a new, huge sinkhole appeared

Hospital in Naples was evacuated after a new, huge sinkhole appeared 94

Eyewitnesses said they heard a loud crash at dawn when a huge hole in the ground formed outside the Ponticelli Ospedale del Mare hospital in eastern Naples.

Early in the morning of January 8, 2021, a sinkhole occurred in the parking lot of a clinic in Naples. The depth of the formed cavity is about 20 meters, the total area of ​​the hole is about 2,000 square meters.

No casualties were found at the scene; firefighters say the sinkhole “affected an area of ​​about 500 square meters” and engulfed several cars parked near the hospital.

As the press writes and as a little can be seen from the videos, rescuers and firefighters were running around the pit together with the governor of the area.  But who should be there in the forefront are Italian geologists, since Naples stands in the very center of the volcanic system known as the Phlegrean Fields.

If the surface collapsed, moreover – the surface reinforced with concrete and reinforced from below with some kind of communications, then we are talking about serious soil deformations caused by the activity of magma.

Italy has been in doubt since the summer of 2020, because swarms were observed there in very atypical places in May, and according to the forecasts of old Italian seismologists, who had witnessed many strong earthquakes, it should have boomed in the August region.

Fortunately, nothing bad happened to Italy and there was no big earthquake. But, since there are swarms, it means that something is being prepared, the magma is gathering strength. 

Following this particular sinkhole event – an obvious sign that a major earthquake in Italy is already very close.

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A new great pandemic cycle has begun (again) in China

A new great pandemic cycle has begun (again) in China 95

In the first months of 2020, the whole world with a certain fright followed the events unfolding in China, where people fell on the streets during the day and astronauts wandered, and in the evening crematoria began to smoke. And now, with the onset of December, the cycle seems to be repeating itself.

Shunyi area in Beijing, where the authorities announced “wartime status” the day before. As you can see in the videos, thousands of people are lined up in the queue for mandatory testing:

Dalian city, where “wartime” is also declared. Neighborhoods are blockaded, people are walled up in entrances, familiar characters of George Lucas roam the streets:

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Chinese ‘rescuers’, before performing a combat mission:

Chengdu City:

Daluo Port, Yunnan – tourists came for adventure and they received the ‘time of their life’ after leaving the ramp:

If something happens in Beijing, it does not mean that tomorrow the same will happen everywhere. However, the trend towards such dynamics is observed and, as the practice of the first wave of the pandemic has shown, all countries and people, to one degree or another, have taken into account the ‘Chinese experience’. 

Therefore, one must think that everything will now be in peace, as in spring – a new global round of the fight against the Covid has begun in China, a new great pandemic cycle!

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