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Toxic waste seems to naturally vanish from Palos Verdes Shelf
Los Angeles Times ^ | November 17, 2013

Posted on 11/18/2013 2:17:51 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

Decades after industrial waste dumping turned part of Southern California's seafloor into a toxic hot spot, scientists have dredged up a mystery.

Chemicals fouling the ocean off the Palos Verdes Peninsula seem to be going away without being cleaned up.

Samples taken from the sediment suggest more than 100 metric tons of the banned pesticide DDT and industrial compounds known as polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, have vanished from one of the country's most hazardous sites, almost a 90% drop in just five years.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: ddt; earth; epa; montrosechemical; nature; rachelcarson; silentspring; toxins

1 posted on 11/18/2013 2:17:52 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Even the Toxins are leaving.


2 posted on 11/18/2013 2:21:34 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (What we said when we said what we said was. Period. End of story.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Archaea.


3 posted on 11/18/2013 2:24:05 AM PST by MestaMachine (My caps work. You gotta earn them.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper; MestaMachine; All

It’s quite a story....

They bury the best at the end.


4 posted on 11/18/2013 2:25:39 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
They bury the best at the end.

Heh, heh, heh.

5 posted on 11/18/2013 2:37:56 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I have seen archaea spinning gold in deep south african mines. I have seen archaea living in vulcanic vents in deep ocean waters. I have seen archaea creating plants out of creosote. They have created a fantasyland of light and organisms and plantlife deep beneath ocean waters that receive no sunlight whatsoever, They have been detected on all of our space gear and inside the space station and have hitched rides on the space shuttle. They are all over the cosmos doing what they do best. Which is just about everything. Amazing critters that can adapt even in vacuums and in the center of the sun. They cleaned up the entire gulf coast and people are still looking for the dreaded oil which has disappeared. They live in the antactic and arctic creating new species all over earth every second of every day and yet science gives them credit for nothing. Amazing little unseen critters, creators, and adapters becoming whatever they need to be whenever the need arises. Earth belongs to them far more than it belongs to us, although they are part of us as well. They can be as simple or as complex as they need to be. They fill the universe yet are not considered life, while I contend that the universe is very much alive.
Maybe someday we will see.


6 posted on 11/18/2013 3:00:44 AM PST by MestaMachine (My caps work. You gotta earn them.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Even the Toxins are leaving.

They're moving to Toxis. Don't moss with Toxis.

7 posted on 11/18/2013 3:19:35 AM PST by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: MestaMachine
They live in the antactic and arctic creating new species all over earth every second of every day and yet science gives them credit for nothing.

Archaea are very bacteria-like, but I can think of no disease caused by archaea. Perhaps their lack of pathogenicity is why archaea study does not receive much funding as compared to bacteria and viruses that cause disease. People do research archaea; there is an annual 3 day conference about archaea, and a journal dedicated strictly for publishing archaea research.

8 posted on 11/18/2013 4:07:16 AM PST by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Evil Republicans are stealing it in order to spray it on bird sanctuaries and school lunches.


9 posted on 11/18/2013 4:21:06 AM PST by ExGeeEye (The enemy's gate is down...and to the left.)
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To: exDemMom

Never heard of Archaea before. Interesting articles elsewhere.


10 posted on 11/18/2013 4:23:56 AM PST by healy61
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The Godzilla spawn ate them


11 posted on 11/18/2013 4:27:04 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: healy61

Archaea resemble bacteria in that they have no nucleus or organelles. However, their genome is arranged differently, and some of their chemistry is distinct from bacterial chemistry. No known diseases are caused by archaea, although they are found everywhere.


12 posted on 11/18/2013 4:29:01 AM PST by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: Fresh Wind

The LEFT never wants to waste a good crisis. Even if there is none.


13 posted on 11/18/2013 4:39:20 AM PST by SC_Pete
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To: healy61; exDemMom

They are fascinating to study. I have been learning as much as I can since I discovered astrobiology. They have sort of become my passion. My problem with the way science has treated the study is that they stick them in niches and don’t recognize that they literally fill the universe, even what they consider empty space. There is no empty space. Nowhere.


14 posted on 11/18/2013 4:56:58 AM PST by MestaMachine (My caps work. You gotta earn them.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I learned about diffusion in jr high school.


15 posted on 11/18/2013 4:58:01 AM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: healy61

Archaea. Reminds me of Michael Crichton’s last book Micro.


16 posted on 11/18/2013 5:28:13 AM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

17 posted on 11/18/2013 5:41:19 AM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Just shows that man in his arrogance cannot affect the earth long term, she will fix herself.


18 posted on 11/18/2013 5:57:44 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Resolute Conservative

Indeed, the earth to a very large degree is self healing. If it were not so life would have perished eons ago.


19 posted on 11/18/2013 6:03:56 AM PST by refermech
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To: MestaMachine

It would appear that the Lord provides, does it not?


20 posted on 11/18/2013 6:59:21 AM PST by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: zeugma

Absolutely.


21 posted on 11/18/2013 7:14:15 AM PST by MestaMachine (My caps work. You gotta earn them.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Can we blame Global Warming for this?


22 posted on 11/18/2013 8:00:06 AM PST by rllngrk33 (Things will continue getting worse until at least January 2017.)
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To: MestaMachine

Now you’ve done it, my curiousity is jumping, never heard of archea; have you any links you would like to share?


23 posted on 11/18/2013 12:43:28 PM PST by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum!)
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To: Fred Nerks

http://www.osti.gov/accomplishments/archaea.html
http://www.astrobio.net/hottopic_origins_extremelife.php

https://www.google.com/#q=archaea


24 posted on 11/18/2013 2:15:44 PM PST by MestaMachine (My caps work. You gotta earn them.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Are they suggesting that the Earth may have natural processes for cleaning itself up? Possibly this is why the planet remained habitable for hundreds of millions of years?

Hundreds of millions of years of decomposing animals, animal waste and who knows what all, and the planet cleaned up afterwards. Possibly the planet eventually cleans up anything, although some things take much longer?

Have they really never thought this possible before?


25 posted on 11/18/2013 2:18:45 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: MestaMachine

Do they also go by the name Sea Monkeys?


26 posted on 11/18/2013 2:44:17 PM PST by Sawdring
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To: MestaMachine

thanks.


27 posted on 11/18/2013 4:05:39 PM PST by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum!)
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To: Fred Nerks; Tainan

http://www.astrobio.net/hottopic_origins_extremelife.php


28 posted on 11/19/2013 12:41:38 AM PST by MestaMachine (My caps work. You gotta earn them.)
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To: Sawdring

No. Sea monkeys are an artificially created hybrid of shrimp.


29 posted on 11/19/2013 12:48:52 AM PST by MestaMachine (My caps work. You gotta earn them.)
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To: MestaMachine

I thought Sea Monkeys were just plain old brine shrimp.


30 posted on 11/19/2013 2:40:59 AM PST by chaosagent (Remember, no matter how you slice it, forbidden fruit still tastes the sweetest!)
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To: chaosagent

No. They are manmade hybrids...at least the ones they sell.


31 posted on 11/19/2013 2:47:39 AM PST by MestaMachine (My caps work. You gotta earn them.)
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