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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Public Service Announcement

Deadly Oceans
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By: Maria, Connor, and Jozalyn


Most people don’t know how much pollution is in the ocean. Did you know that there are 315 billion pounds of plastic in the oceans?! I don’t know about you, but I think that that is A LOT of plastic!


How Pollution Happens


There a many different sources of ocean pollution, ranging from oil spills to rubber duck spills. There is a type of pollution called Ocean Acidification, where the carbon dioxide (CO2) in the air merges with the water to make the water more acidic. Eighty percent of ocean pollution comes from activities on land from non point sources. There are a ton of small sources that count as nonpoint sources, such as boats, and cars. But also there are also big sources like farms and animal ranches. Millions of cars drop a tiny bit of oil each day on the roads, which eventually ends up in the sea. Dirt can also be a pollutant too, when topsoil runs off of construction sites is can end up in the water and hurt the wildlife and fisheries. There is a thing called Point Source pollution which is pollution that comes from one source. Oil and Chemical spills are some point source pollutions. Oil spills into the ocean are often accidents involving barges, tankers, refineries, and drilling rigs. There are other ways oils spill can happen that aren't accidents, like natural disasters such as hurricanes, and spills on purpose as acts of war. One silly yet depressing fact is that 28,800 rubber ducks were spilled into the seas while being transported overseas, and are now floating around in the ocean like it's a big bathtub. As you can see, there are many ways pollution can happen but all are all preventable.


Consequences


If the amount of pollution in the oceans continues to grow, then all of the animals in the ocean could die! (Bum bum baaaaaaa) The plastic breaks down into tiny microscopic pieces that fish and other water creatures eat a ton of. Then, if we eat those water animals, and we will have plastic in us! We have talked about Acidification in “How It Happens”, but what does it do? The more Acidification there is in the ocean it is, the harder it is for shellfish, reefs, and fish to survive. The shellfish won't be able to form their shells because the shellfish are not able to get rid of the calcium ions. Acidification also affects fish because the water has a lower pH. This makes it so the fishes cells take in the carbonic acid to become in balance with the saltwater witch changes the pH of the fish's blood. This can cause comas, seizures, and even death. Oil spills are really bad for the ocean animals because it makes it so that the birds and the sea animals with fir will get hypothermia and most likely die. But what if your a fish? You don’t have fur that keeps you warm. What happens is that the little fish take the oil in and then the bigger fish eat the little  fish and so on till we eat those fish with the oil. If you consume oil you could lose sight, pain in your throat, nose, eyes, ears, lips and tongue and other things like that. There is approximately 706 million gallons of oil in the ocean. When, or if, the oil may reach the shore, it will interact with some of the sediments such as the beach sand and other objects like that. This will cause erosion.


How we Can Help


How can we help reduce water pollution? We can use reusable metal water bottles instead of using the disposable plastic bottles. We can compost your food waste. We can reduce the use of oil one way by driving electric cars more. We can also recycle cans and plastic containers and not put them in the trash. We can rethink our choices of buying food from foreign places or plastic bags because the plastic can get into the oceans and also it takes a lot of oil to get the foreign food here. We could plant trees on land so that the trees could take in some of the carbon dioxide and the ocean won't have as much CO2 that causes Acidification. Instead of using ziplock bags for lunches we can use glass Tupperware, and also so that if you are on the beach you won’t have to worry about the plastic bags flying into the ocean and strangling sea creatures. We can refuse boats that use oil.  Those consequences are true so that why we need to help! Some people think that global warming does not affect them, but they are wrong. Global warming affects everyone and just doing one little thing can make a big difference in our world.


Bibliography

  • "Ocean Pollution." Ocean Pollution | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2017. <http://www.noaa.gov/resource-collections/ocean-pollution>.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A-Z Post

I have an older brother, thought he's not very cool, and his name is Daniel. He has to be in control of everything. I was fine until I stole his sword he got (I gave it back after three days), but now he hates me. I like jokes and puns, and I enjoy killing things in video games. I love Minecraft, and I do not think Terraria is better. I can be over the top, or at least that's what some people say. I ask a lot of questions, witch sometimes annoys my friends. My computer is really slow, so I can't play games like Terraria. You can usually find me Annoying my brother. I can get very bad headaches if I don't drink enough water. I can't think of anything that starts with X, but I like YouTube and zoos.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Notches Law's of Physics


Newton's 1st law of motion (inertia) say that an object in motion (Steve) will stay in motion unless acted on by an outside force (the gast)


Newton's second law says that you can move something that has less mass (the Rubix cube) easier than something that has more mass (the Tardis)


Newton's third law of motion says that for every action (The flames from the gast) there is an equal and opposite re-action (The gast moving forward).

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Mission to Mars 🌎🚀

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       Have you ever looked up and wished you could go to a different planet. Whether to explore, or just get out of doing homework, lots of people want to leave earth. Scientists plan to get people on Mars by the year 2030! That means kids today could be on the first trip! Scientists are designing a spaceship called "Orion" that will be able to travel to mars in eight months a ship the size of a van. When we get there we will live in controlled environments underground. We will probably have to travel in these van sized enclosed buggies to get around. Liquid water can't exist on mars because of its atmosphere, but there are Polar ice caps and scientists hypothesize that there is a large amount of water in Mars's cryosphere, so we might be able to get water from there. But water would still be precious, so we wold have to use water conservative toilets and sinks. So overall, going to mars probably won't be like the game Astroneer and we won't be sucking oxygen and hydrogen directly off the walls of caves.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Hour of Code

This is the week of 11-4 through the 10, and this week lots of coding websites are doing an hour of code in the hopes of getting 1 billion students to take the class and learn basic coding stills. I did the one on code.org and chose two classes, Minecraft and Flappy Bird. Here's the certificates:
I found them really fun and you should try them too :)