Thanks for the bits of information, but I'm pretty sure my friend meant
deep offshore ocean, not localized areas near the shore. I'm curious about
the overall "health" of the oceans. Can anyone point me to some real
facts and figures showing perhaps the last 30 years or more?
> In a message dated 7/17/01 11:00:35 AM, email@example.com writes:
> >> The ecologists have concerns with the amount of fertilizer we're dumping
> >> in the oceans. While not exactly pollution, it tends to eutrophize the
> >> water (ie make it full of algae) and this could zap a lot of coastal
> >> communities. Jeremy Jackson claims, based on sediment cores,
> >> that our concept of bays a eutrophic is wrong; they weren't that
> >> way before farming.
> >Sure, but how far back? Back to the introduction of chemical
> >fertilizers? Back to the beginning of organized farming (~3500 BC)?
> The data he cited was from Chesapeake bay, and he claimed a noticeable
> effect from European farming in the 1700's, becoming more extreme
> since. If he were looking at, say, some European lagoon it would be
> hard for him to claim it wasn't some ongoing silting-up process over
> the many thousands of years. (It's boggling to see how much the
> Hwang Ho has filled in over 2500 years)
-- Brian Atkins Director, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence http://www.singinst.org/
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