5/3/2013 Oceanography: updated 12/9/2015
A 19 YEAR OLD MAY HAVE THE ANSWER TO MORE ROBUST PLASTIC CLEAN UP OF THE OCEANS AND WATERWAYS.
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Back in May of 2012 we described the visit to Annapolis of the lone "ship" of the Rozalia Project
http://americanadmiraltybooks.blogspot.com/2012/05/oceanography-environmental-clean-up-we.html you can click on the link above to view it. Publication date was May 24, 2012. The Rozalia project is all about cleaning our oceans and waterways of solid trash. One tour demonstration from the traveling boat board show of the Rozalia project, and anyone can see how badly such clean up is needed and how labor intensive and slow the available processes are. However, according to a story carried in UPROXX (links above) a nineteen year old has invented a tool (larger sized photo at UPROXX site) that will allow faster cleaning of larger areas , with less manpower. When it comes to the worst solid pollutant of the oceans and waterways it has to be plastics. Metal rusts, wood dissolves over time, glass is forever but inert, plastics are toxic as well as an entanglement hazard for sea life.
Lets hope this tool works as reported and the kid finds funding and development help. One of these, if it works as reported, aboard a small volunteer vessel like that used by the Rozalia project could actually sweep a small bay bottom in a few days with the just the temporary addition of some volunteer recreational boats and pick up trucks for hauling the trash from the scene. OK, "a small bay bottom" may not sound like much compared to the pollution of the world's oceans but that's exactly where the priority needs to be. Bays, marshes, and estuaries are "the cradle of the sea". This is where the crabs, many of the shrimp, and many of the game fish are hatched and develop. Use any of the links to read the story at UPROXX.
UPROXX appears to us to be a life style type site that reports on a lot of trendy things that have nothing to do with maritime activity, but once again we didn't find this new technological maritime development in the maritime trades. How did we learn about UPROXX? From astute Jeri Ryan blog commentator Tim MacAleese https://plus.google.com/u/0/103991437620204746494/posts. We have to wonder what might be on MS Ryan's Google Circle site on any given day, but again we can't monitor non maritime sites on any regular basis. OK, anybody out there want to be the Jeri Ryan Circles monitor and send us a comment when the next maritime invention or development
Anybody seen Kate Mulgrew's (Captain Janeway) "Circles" or blog? The "trekies" and "techie" circles members are clearly reading about emerging technologies before the big companies start developing them, or they get much play in the trade journals. Some of it is clearly of maritime interest. UPROXX actually has a "GEEK-TECHNOLOGY" section. But we didn't find anything else there after following the link from the Jeri Ryan site to the plastic collector story in UPROXX. Plain and simply, we don't have the staff to hunt down the off the usual radar scope technological
developments. We have to rely on our regular visitors who may have these other interests to point us in the right direction. We have become aware that Star Trek fans tend to have scientific interests, and tend toward the unconventional and under reported technological developments, including the occasional ,maritime development. We hope we have some "Trekies" among our existing readers. If not we are going to have to recruit some.
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