Giant Vacuum Cleaner Used To Clean Reefs.

16Jul08

Giant Vacuum Cleaner Used To Clean Reefs.

In Honolulu, Hawaii an invasive algae called Gracilaria salicornia is threatening the survival of coral reefs. The unwanted underwater weeds are thriving due to pollution from fertilisers. The result is that the Reef is smothered to death by the bushy seaweed which is so tough even algae-grazing fish avoid it.

Eric Conklin, a marine science adviser for the Nature Conservancy in Honolulu, has been working hard to remove the problem. The solution which he discovered has been dubbed the ‘super sucker’, a giant underwater vacuum cleaner used to suck up the algae. The system is a modified version of one which is used for gold dregging whatever that might be.

As only 90% of the weed could be removed the researchers thought that it would need regular hoovering but the local fish seem to have finished the job of for them. I contacted Dyson to see if they had any plans to sell underwater vacuum cleaners or waterproof vacuum cleaner parts. They have yet to reply.

Advertisements


2 Responses to “Giant Vacuum Cleaner Used To Clean Reefs.”

  1. 2 Alan

    “You really don’t need a nuke to handle it, you are trying to seal the pipe, big explosions are used to snuff burning wells so you can cap them.

    The ocean holds approx 326,000,000,000,000,000,000 gallons of water.

    The one quart is an extrapolation of some real data.

    http://www.facebook.com/l/69e5d;www.awma.org/enviro_edu/fact_sheets/oil_spills1.html

    Which says under ideal conditions, a quart of oil may pollute up to 150,000 gallons. We had bigger spills during the gulf war then this, and due to the war clean up and dispersal efforts where not done for a long time. And the Gulf, survived, (we survived)

    But if we use the 250,000 number we still have 97023809 days before the ocean is polluted, but then again the well will run out of oil way before then. And that is assuming the oil does not blow ashore which it is, it assumes that the oil does not bond and sink which much is, it assumes some does not evaporate which yes oil does, it assumed they don’t use bonging agents to sink the oil, it assumes they don’t use chemicals to disperse and break up the oil.

    Simply put we have a long long long long long time before it will impact us to an extent other then making a few people rich, and a lot of us poorer as the fear factor drives food and fuel prices up.

    But that aside the well is not 30,000 feet deep it did drill that deep of a well in the tiber field in 2009, this well was not very deep yet. It did not land on top of the well. Oddly enough when a floating vessel sinks it does not go straight down, current carry it and move it as it sinks, it is resting on the ocean floor about 1/4 mile away from the well.

    Charles Ward commented on Brenda Hollenbeck’s note “BREAKING NEWS! THE TRUTH ABOUT THE GULF OIL SPILL, BASTARDS!”:

    “You really don’t need a nuke to handle it, you are trying to seal the pipe, big explosions are used to snuff burning wells so you can cap them.

    The ocean holds approx 326,000,000,000,000,000,000 gallons of water.

    The one quart is an extrapolation of some real data.

    http://www.facebook.com/l/69e5d;www.awma.org/enviro_edu/fact_sheets/oil_spills1.html

    Which says under ideal conditions, a quart of oil may pollute up to 150,000 gallons. We had bigger spills during the gulf war then this, and due to the war clean up and dispersal efforts where not done for a long time. And the Gulf, survived, (we survived)

    But if we use the 250,000 number we still have 97023809 days before the ocean is polluted, but then again the well will run out of oil way before then. And that is assuming the oil does not blow ashore which it is, it assumes that the oil does not bond and sink which much is, it assumes some does not evaporate which yes oil does, it assumed they don’t use bonging agents to sink the oil, it assumes they don’t use chemicals to disperse and break up the oil.

    Simply put we have a long long long long long time before it will impact us to an extent other then making a few people rich, and a lot of us poorer as the fear factor drives food and fuel prices up.

    But that aside the well is not 30,000 feet deep it did drill that deep of a well in the tiber field in 2009, this well was not very deep yet. It did not land on top of the well. Oddly enough when a floating vessel sinks it does not go straight down, current carry it and move it as it sinks, it is resting on the ocean floor about 1/4 mile away from the well.

    All that said currently remote subs are placing a liner inside the existing pipe to seal it and pipe the crude to the surface.

    Really they don’t want to seal the pipe itself, as that is a huge loss as in the cost of the drilling, and then loss of the oil. I don’t agree with that, the well could have been sealed on day one, if they wanted to, but they want the oil.

    The internet is full of fun news sites, most of them run by people with hidden agenda’s and motives, many who are just interested in having fun…

    You always need to temper what you read with common sense. Verify what you read by cross referencing the references and checking the resources. Often the easiest give away is the English and grammar.
    Really they don’t want to seal the pipe itself, as that is a huge loss as in the cost of the drilling, and then loss of the oil. I don’t agree with that, the well could have been sealed on day one, if they wanted to, but they want the oil.

    The internet is full of fun news sites, most of them run by people with hidden agenda’s and motives, many who are just interested in having fun…

    You always need to temper what you read with common sense. Verify what you read by cross referencing the references and checking the resources. Often the easiest give away is the English and grammar.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: