The water temperature in the Pacific Ocean is growing - and this is very bad
Not so long ago, scientists involved in environmental issues, found in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of North America area, the water in which five degrees higher than the average temperature of the ocean in this region. It would seem, plus or minus five degrees - a slight fluctuations. However, further studies revealed that this is not just a local increase in water temperature. It is the whole heat wave, which is already a threat to all marine life of the Pacific Ocean.
Even a slight increase in water temperature can result in ecological disaster
It is worth noting that the local increase in temperature of the water was recorded 5 years ago, which is slightly disrupted the marine ecosystem of the western coast of the United States and affected the spawning salmon. Now this area has grown to gigantic proportions. Huge heat wave stretching from the coast of Alaska south to the coast of California.
As reported by the experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the sea thermal wave - a phenomenon in which the temperature of the water in a particular area by 90% warmer than in the same area in previous measurements. New heat wave could be the most ambitious in the history. The previous "record holder", the Blob heat wave, caused the bloom of toxic algae, which led to the deaths of sea lions and nearly killed the whale population, who were forced to move closer to the shore.
This in itself is one of the most significant events that we have seen - said Andrew Leyzing, the NOAA researcher. Cold water, rising from the ocean depths along the coast still held the heat wave and did not allow it to spread. However, for some reason, more than that is not enough. Heatwave can move closer to the coast and influence the temperature on the coast.
If in the near future sea heat wave will not dissipate in the next year or two the warm water will penetrate to a greater depth, which will lead to devastating consequences for the local fauna Current projections show that in a few months can occur even greater rise in temperature .
The key question is how long the new heat wave can survive. Depend on it and the consequences of its impact on the marine ecosystem. In any case, progress in this direction already. For example, according to some reports, the migration routes and population of sea lions begin to shrink. Also registered a decline of the number of crabs and shellfish. This initial links of the food chain. So that the extinction of crabs and shellfish can turn into a real ecological disaster. We often write articles on environmental topics, so for nothing propusiti - subscribe to our channel Telegram.
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But what can you do? At the moment, scientists have no clear answer. On the one hand with something like that during the heat wave Blob people I have encountered, but all the measures that can be applied now, aimed at treating "symptoms", not the "disease." Environmentalists have begun a large-scale campaign to save a number of marine animals and destruction of toxic algae in order not to repeat the situation of five years ago. For the rest, we can only hope that the heat wave will come to naught, and the local flora and fauna will return to normal.