SKETCHBOOK

Recently updated: I’ve decided to use this section to pull out different research threads I’m investigating and track how those threads evolve. Each of the posts below will be updated as research evolves - be it a material experiment, news item, event.

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COLLAPSING ECOLOGIES

This research thread tracks my thoughts on the impact of human activity on wild nature on an evolutionary scale.


MAY 2018 - MATERIAL EXPERIMENT

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REFERENCE: “Fracking chemicals found in animals living downstream from wastewater disposal sites”

High levels of a chemical found in oil and gas waste have been identified in shellfish living downstream from past fracking waste disposal sites. Freshwater mussels filter water to feed. As they do so, they accumulate substances in their hard shells, effectively providing a record of any contaminants entering the water. Researchers studying these creatures in Pennsylvania found strontium in their shells, a discovery they say demonstrates the long-lasting effects fracking can have on surrounding environments. High levels of a chemical found in oil and gas waste have been identified in shellfish living downstream from past fracking waste disposal sites. Freshwater mussels filter water to feed. As they do so, they accumulate substances in their hard shells, effectively providing a record of any contaminants entering the water. Researchers studying these creatures in Pennsylvania found strontium in their shells, a discovery they say demonstrates the long-lasting effects fracking can have on surrounding environments.

Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/fracking-chemicals-fossil-fuels-environment-animals-wastewater-strontium-gas-a8597821.html

Paper: arxiv.org/abs/1812.05433
Code: github.com/Chakazul/Lenia

Sun 14th April 2019

Becky Lyon