Atlantic Ocean: say no to seismic surveys

The Surfrider Foundation has criticized the document which opens the way to extensive seismic surveys, in the Atlantic Ocean, during the next eight years.

The final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) released by the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management evaluates proposed seismic exploration for oil and gas resources in the South and Mid-Atlantic ocean.

"Seismic airgun testing would cause catastrophic impacts to the marine ecosystem, including injury and death to hundreds of thousands of whales and dolphins," underlines Pete Stauffer, manager of Surfrider Foundation's Ocean Program.

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Carlsbad Desalination Project: is salted water the solution?

The state of California is building a $1 billion desalination plant that will inject 50 million gallons of freshwater a day in the water system.

The State Water Project (SWP) will provide water supplies for 25 million Californians and 750,000 acres of irrigated farmland. That is the good news. In Southern California, over 90% of the consumed water is imported.

The new desalination facility reminds us of SimCity. In the city-building computer and console video game, desalinating sea water was one of the most important/expensive options to keep our urban areas watered.

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Underwater pyramid: is the Atlantis located near Azores?

A Portuguese sailor claims to have discovered a large underwater pyramid, between the islands of Sao Miguel and Terceira, in the Azores.

Diocleciano Silva couldn't believe what his eyes were telling him. As he was sailing in the Atlantic Ocean looking for fish, he spotted a perfectly-shaped pyramid structure on the sonar.

After checking the GPS devices and maps again, Silva confirmed that the unknown underwater construction was lying at 40 meters (131 feet). Square, and aligned with the four cardinal compass directions. The pyramid's base is estimated to have 8000 square meters.

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