This is a snapshot from my iPhone, “just the tip of the iceberg”, near the tip of Perdido Key, Gulf Islands National Seashore. This is a once pristine, pure white sand National Park, and it is slowly being destroyed by our addiction to oil. It’s the home and nesting ground to Herons, Plovers, Pelicans, Sea Turtles, Black Skimmers, etc… Tragically, their numbers have been greatly reduced, and many species, already endangered, like the especially cute Ridley’s Sea Turtle, will be lucky if they can adapt quickly enough to the dramatically changed air, water, and landscape. What will happen if they disappear? Maybe the Ghost Crab will too? Nobody knows for sure, but we do know that slight changes in the environment can cause dramatic changes for all species.
Humans will be no exception to the struggle for survival in the rapidly deteriorating Eco-system. The food chain in the Gulf of Mexico may be headed for collapse. Once this happens, there’s no telling if it will ever be the same.
As you look at old postcards and historical footage of these 99% white quartz beaches, you will have a visual control for the dramatic onslaught of black oil and green dispersant, that has changed everything in the Gulf.
It is what we do not see, that has me perplexed, since we know that the dispersant is helping to break down the oil and cause it to sink from the surface of the water. Why are we filling the ocean floor with black tar, and what will be the solutions to these new problems?
Moreover, if the bottom of the Gulf is normally white sand, but is quickly converting to black tar, the temperature will, therefore, continue to rise. More of this will be coming soon, as a Physicist friend of mine, Brian Hoover, Ph.D., will be discussing his theory soon…
BP contracted night-crew on the beach at Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores, AL.
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