Re: Regarding Global Decrease in Frog Population

Oliver Seiler (
Sat, 12 Oct 1996 10:25:42 -0700 (PDT)

On Fri, 11 Oct 1996, Chris Hind wrote:

> Are there any new theories dealing with the reason for this
> occurrance? (sp?) Is this merely some disasterbational meme? I was
> watching the news and it meantioned that there has also been
> increasing numbers of frog deformities. Is this more likely linked
> to polluted water or air? Is this just a standard byproduct of our
> ability to terraform our surrounding environment and the frogs
> inability to mutate fast enough to keep up?

The most interesting aspect of this phenomenon is that it has exploded
very quickly. All the people who I've heard talk about it essentially
say that the number and form of frog mutations has had a huge increase
within the past three or so years. The mutations seem to be
proportional to the amount of time the frog species is in water.

The EPA suspects an air-born contaminant because of the speed of
transmission and the range over which the problem has been seen.


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