Monday, February 18, 2008
Earth's Oceans : The Dead Zone
Remember when it was only a few isolated bodies of water?
Then parts of the North sea?
Then the southern half below the equator?
Then the East Coast of America? West Coast? Pacific Rim?
Now, it's all dead. Diseased. Sick. A morass of algae and bacteria only a jellyfish could love.
This happened during every major extinction cycle. The death starts in the oceans and moves toward land. The fossil record actually shows the layers of bones packed together, first the fish and marine creatures, followed by the successive layer of animals who lived on land. It was particularly easy to see during the K-T Boundary Extinction, which killed off about 90% of the Earth's species at that time.
Animals that think they can stop these cycles by sorting their paper and plastics into different bins are doomed to die when this era arrives. That is a terrible misunderstanding of what is going on.
Everything points to undersea volcanism and the release of massive amounts of toxic byproducts from this increased activity. There is no evidence human beings have anything to do with it. It's not that pollution isn't a problem - locally - it's just there there is almost nothing that mankind could possibly do that could account for this much rapid change in so short a time. In the space of a single decade while humankind jabbered away about farting cows and decomposing baby nappies, the oceans of the planet have perished.