TSUNAMI DEBRIS STILL COMING
THREE YEARS AFTER the Fukushima earthquake and tsunami, debris continues to land
on Pacific Northwest beaches. A small boat
that washed ashore in Washington on January
15 has been confirmed to be debris from the
disaster, and four more boats found May 23
and 25 are also believed to be tsunami debris.
However, scientists think we’re at the tail end
of the debris field, and the flotsam arriving
now is made up of items that crossed the
Pacific below the surface. Objects with a profile above the surface are pushed by the wind
as well as tides, and move much faster. While
scientists think we will see this debris for
about another year, the effects of Fukushima
could be felt on U.S. beaches for years to
come. That’s because Fukushima debris is
caught in the North Pacific Gyre, better known
as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and could
stay out there for years, occasionally breaking
off to land on U.S. beaches. — J.M.
Some pieces of
debris have clues
about their origin.
weeks’ worth of surface dives in
a 10-day saturation dive. It opens
up a world of possibilities for
robust and continuous data sets.”
Of course, living conditions
in the briny deep are simple, and
Aquarius has been utilized in
the NASA Extreme Environment
Mission Operations (NEEMO)
program to study the feasibility
of long-duration space travel.
“It’s a little like hunting camp.
You’ve got six people together
for a month at a time, in an area
the size of a school bus. You
bump into each other a lot,” said
Zenone. But he wouldn’t trade
the experience. “Every time you
look out the window, you see
something new and unexpected;
something you wouldn’t observe
on a normal scuba dive. It’s like
a dream living down there.”
— JIM MEYER
Fabian Cousteau and Adam Zenone
have been living where they work.
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