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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727932/laboratory-studies-of-methane-and-its-relationship-to-prebiotic-chemistry
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Kensei Kobayashi, Wolf D Geppert, Nathalie Carrasco, Nils G Holm, Olivier Mousis, Maria Elisabetta Palumbo, J Hunter Waite, Naoki Watanabe, Lucy M Ziurys
To examine how prebiotic chemical evolution took place on Earth prior to the emergence of life, laboratory experiments have been conducted since the 1950s. Methane has been one of the key molecules in these investigations. In earlier studies, strongly reducing gas mixtures containing methane and ammonia were used to simulate possible reactions in the primitive atmosphere of Earth, producing amino acids and other organic compounds. Since Earth's early atmosphere is now considered to be less reducing, the contribution of extraterrestrial organics to chemical evolution has taken on an important role...
July 20, 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715764/ddt-related-compounds-as-non-extractable-residues-in-submarine-sediments-of-the-palos-verdes-shelf-california-usa
#2
S Kucher, J Schwarzbauer
The Palos Verdes Shelf (PVS) and the continental slope off the Palos Verdes Peninsula are highly contaminated by degradation products of the pesticide DDT (1-chloro-4-[2,2,2-trichloro-1-(4-chlorophenyl)ethyl]benzene). Sediment samples from two box cores were analyzed to obtain further information about the fate of DDT and its degradation products within the environment. After solvent extraction, an alkaline hydrolysis procedure was applied. A comprehensive screening for 26 DDT compounds revealed that DDT and its degradates contaminate not only the extractable fraction but also the fraction released by alkaline hydrolysis...
July 10, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709359/self-propulsion-and-crossing-statistics-under-random-initial-conditions
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M Hubert, M Labousse, S Perrard
We investigate the crossing of an energy barrier by a self-propelled particle described by a Rayleigh friction term. We reveal the existence of a sharp transition in the external force field whereby the amplitude dramatically increases. This corresponds to a saddle point transition in the velocity flow phase space, as would be expected for any type of repulsive force field. We use this approach to rationalize the results obtained by Eddi et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 240401 (2009)PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett...
June 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708093/real-time-communication-support-for-underwater-acoustic-sensor-networks-%C3%A2
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Rodrigo Santos, Javier Orozco, Matias Micheletto, Sergio F Ochoa, Roc Meseguer, Pere Millan, And Carlos Molina
Underwater sensor networks represent an important and promising field of research due to the large diversity of underwater ubiquitous applications that can be supported by these networks, e.g., systems that deliver tsunami and oil spill warnings, or monitor submarine ecosystems. Most of these monitoring and warning systems require real-time communication in wide area networks that have a low density of nodes. The underwater communication medium involved in these networks is very harsh and imposes strong restrictions to the communication process...
July 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706268/effect-of-water-activity-on-rates-of-serpentinization-of-olivine
#5
Hector M Lamadrid, J Donald Rimstidt, Esther M Schwarzenbach, Frieder Klein, Sarah Ulrich, Andrei Dolocan, Robert J Bodnar
The hydrothermal alteration of mantle rocks (referred to as serpentinization) occurs in submarine environments extending from mid-ocean ridges to subduction zones. Serpentinization affects the physical and chemical properties of oceanic lithosphere, represents one of the major mechanisms driving mass exchange between the mantle and the Earth's surface, and is central to current origin of life hypotheses as well as the search for microbial life on the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn. In spite of increasing interest in the serpentinization process by researchers in diverse fields, the rates of serpentinization and the controlling factors are poorly understood...
July 14, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676800/atribacteria-from-the-subseafloor-sedimentary-biosphere-disperse-to-the-hydrosphere-through-submarine-mud-volcanoes
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Tatsuhiko Hoshino, Tomohiro Toki, Akira Ijiri, Yuki Morono, Hideaki Machiyama, Juichiro Ashi, Kei Okamura, Fumio Inagaki
Submarine mud volcanoes (SMVs) are formed by muddy sediments and breccias extruded to the seafloor from a source in the deep subseafloor and are characterized by the discharge of methane and other hydrocarbon gasses and deep-sourced fluids into the overlying seawater. Although SMVs act as a natural pipeline connecting the Earth's surface and subsurface biospheres, the dispersal of deep-biosphere microorganisms and their ecological roles remain largely unknown. In this study, we investigated the microbial communities in sediment and overlying seawater at two SMVs located on the Ryukyu Trench off Tanegashima Island, southern Japan...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672247/biomagnification-of-persistent-organic-pollutants-in-a-deep-sea-temperate-food-web
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Sonia Romero-Romero, Laura Herrero, Mario Fernández, Belén Gómara, José Luis Acuña
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and -furans (PCDD/Fs) were measured in a temperate, deep-sea ecosystem, the Avilés submarine Canyon (AC; Cantabrian Sea, Southern Bay of Biscay). There was an increase of contaminant concentration with the trophic level of the organisms, as calculated from stable nitrogen isotope data (δ(15)N). Such biomagnification was only significant for the pelagic food web and its magnitude was highly dependent on the type of top predators included in the analysis...
June 30, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614522/ocean-outfalls-as-an-alternative-to-minimizing-risks-to-human-and-environmental-health
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Renato Castiglia Feitosa
Submarine outfalls are proposed as an efficient alternative for the final destination of wastewater in densely populated coastal areas, due to the high dispersal capacity and the clearance of organic matter in the marine environment, and because they require small areas for implementation. This paper evaluates the probability of unsuitable bathing conditions in coastal areas nearby to the Ipanema, Barra da Tijuca and Icaraí outfalls based on a computational methodology gathering hydrodynamic, pollutant transport, and bacterial decay modelling...
June 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604012/optimizing-the-balance-between-task-automation-and-human-manual-control-in-simulated-submarine-track-management
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Stephanie I Chen, Troy A W Visser, Samuel Huf, Shayne Loft
Automation can improve operator performance and reduce workload, but can also degrade operator situation awareness (SA) and the ability to regain manual control. In 3 experiments, we examined the extent to which automation could be designed to benefit performance while ensuring that individuals maintained SA and could regain manual control. Participants completed a simulated submarine track management task under varying task load. The automation was designed to facilitate information acquisition and analysis, but did not make task decisions...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Applied
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589212/erratum-to-a-new-deep-sea-suctorian-nematode-epibiosis-loricophrya-tricoma-from-the-blanes-submarine-canyon-nw-mediterranean
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Gregorio Fernandez-Leborans, Sara Román, Daniel Martin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 6, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557992/seasonal-monitoring-of-deep-sea-megabenthos-in-barkley-canyon-cold-seep-by-internet-operated-vehicle-iov
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Carolina Doya, Damianos Chatzievangelou, Nixon Bahamon, Autun Purser, Fabio C De Leo, S Kim Juniper, Laurenz Thomsen, Jacopo Aguzzi
Knowledge of the processes shaping deep-sea benthic communities at seasonal scales in cold-seep environments is incomplete. Cold seeps within highly dynamic regions, such as submarine canyons, where variable current regimes may occur, are particularly understudied. Novel Internet Operated Vehicles (IOVs), such as tracked crawlers, provide new techniques for investigating these ecosystems over prolonged periods. In this study a benthic crawler connected to the NEPTUNE cabled infrastructure operated by Ocean Networks Canada was used to monitor community changes across 60 m2 of a cold-seep area of the Barkley Canyon, North East Pacific, at ~890 m depth within an Oxygen Minimum Zone (OMZ)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550634/long-term-dispersion-and-availability-of-metals-from-submarine-mine-tailing-disposal-in-a-fjord-in-arctic-norway
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Kristine B Pedersen, Pernille E Jensen, Beata Sternal, Lisbeth M Ottosen, Mie Vesterskov Henning, Manja Marie Kudahl, Juho Junttila, Kari Skirbekk, Marianne Frantzen
Mining of Cu took place in Kvalsund in the Arctic part of Norway in the 1970s, and mine tailings were discharged to the inner part of the fjord, Repparfjorden. Metal speciation analysis was used to assess the historical dispersion of metals as well as their potential bioavailability from the area of the mine tailing disposal. It was revealed that the dispersion of Ba, Cr, Ni, Pb and Zn from the mine tailings has been limited. Dispersion of Cu to the outer fjord has, however, occurred; the amounts released and dispersed from the mine tailing disposal area quantified to be 2...
May 27, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543437/the-adenoid-its-history-and-a-cautionary-tale
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Robert J Ruben
The existence of the adenoid first appears to have been noted by Conrad Victor Schneider in 1661. James Yearsley reported in 1842 one case in which he improved hearing by removal of a mucus membrane from behind the uvula, which indicates some appreciation of a relationship of the nasopharynx to ear disease. Hans Wilhelm Meyer, in 1868, was the first to demonstrate the relationship of the adenoid to ear disease and to develop an effective, although somewhat difficult, surgical operation to remove the adenoid...
June 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534807/lobophorin-k-a-new-natural-product-with-cytotoxic-activity-produced-by-streptomyces-sp-m-207-associated-with-the-deep-sea-coral-lophelia-pertusa
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Alfredo F Braña, Aida Sarmiento-Vizcaíno, Miguel Osset, Ignacio Pérez-Victoria, Jesús Martín, Nuria de Pedro, Mercedes de la Cruz, Caridad Díaz, Francisca Vicente, Fernando Reyes, Luis A García, Gloria Blanco
The present article describes the isolation of a new natural product of the lobophorin family, designated as lobophorin K (1), from cultures of the marine actinobacteria Streptomyces sp. M-207, previously isolated from the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa collected at 1800 m depth during an expedition to the submarine Avilés Canyon. Its structure was determined using a combination of spectroscopic techniques, mainly ESI-TOF MS and 1D and 2D NMR. This new natural product displayed cytotoxic activity against two human tumor cell lines, such as pancreatic carcinoma (MiaPaca-2) and breast adenocarcinoma (MCF-7)...
May 19, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518001/propranolol-effects-on-decompression-sickness-in-a-simulated-dissub-rescue-in-swine
#15
Angela S Forbes, David P Regis, Aaron A Hall, Richard T Mahon, William A Cronin
INTRODUCTION: Disabled submarine (DISSUB) survivors may face elevated CO2 levels and inert gas saturation, putting them at risk for CO2 toxicity and decompression sickness (DCS). Propranolol was shown to reduce CO2 production in an experimental DISSUB model in humans but its effects on DCS in a DISSUB rescue scenario are unknown. A 100% oxygen prebreathe (OPB) reduces DCS incidence and severity and is incorporated into some DISSUB rescue protocols. We used a swine model of DISSUB rescue to study the effect of propranolol on DCS incidence and mortality with and without an OPB...
April 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504256/explosive-eruption-flank-collapse-and-megatsunami-at-tenerife-ca-170-ka
#16
Raphaël Paris, Juan J Coello Bravo, María E Martín González, Karim Kelfoun, François Nauret
Giant mass failures of oceanic shield volcanoes that generate tsunamis potentially represent a high-magnitude but low-frequency hazard, and it is actually difficult to infer the mechanisms and dynamics controlling them. Here we document tsunami deposits at high elevation (up to 132 m) on the north-western slopes of Tenerife, Canary Islands, as a new evidence of megatsunami generated by volcano flank failure. Analyses of the tsunami deposits demonstrate that two main tsunamis impacted the coasts of Tenerife 170 kyr ago...
May 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502452/the-impact-of-submarine-copper-mine-tailing-disposal-from-the-1970s-on-repparfjorden-northern-norway
#17
Beata Sternal, Juho Junttila, Kari Skirbekk, Matthias Forwick, JoLynn Carroll, Kristine Bondo Pedersen
We investigate the state of sedimentological environment and contaminant status of Repparfjorden (N Norway) impacted by submarine disposal of mine tailings during the 1970s using sedimentological and geochemical properties of seventeen sediment cores. The impact of tailings disposal is mainly restricted to the inner fjord where the discharge occurred. Sediment cores retrieved from the inner fjord contain layers of mine tailings up to 9-cm thick, 3-9cm below the seafloor. Spreading of the tailing-related metal Cu and particles is limited to the inner fjord and to a 2cm layer in one core from the outer fjord...
May 10, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501769/dietary-exposure-assessment-for-arsenic-and-mercury-following-submarine-tailings-placement-in-ratatotok-sub-district-north-sulawesi-indonesia
#18
Keith Bentley, Amin Soebandrio
The Mesel gold mine in the Ratatotok Sub-district operated between 1996 and 2004 with tailings disposal via an engineered submarine tailings placement (STP) into Buyat Bay. This operation raised concerns of increased levels of arsenic (As) and mercury (Hg) associated disease in the local communities from consumption of seafood contaminated with anthropogenic As and Hg. This report uses the dietary exposure to As and Hg, from local fishermen and market-purchased Codex "as consumed" and environmental fish results from the pre-mining baseline (1990-1995), the mine operational (1996-2004) and post-closure monitoring (2007-2016) to examine the potential health effects...
August 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484339/statistical-emulation-of-landslide-induced-tsunamis-at-the-rockall-bank-ne-atlantic
#19
D M Salmanidou, S Guillas, A Georgiopoulou, F Dias
Statistical methods constitute a useful approach to understand and quantify the uncertainty that governs complex tsunami mechanisms. Numerical experiments may often have a high computational cost. This forms a limiting factor for performing uncertainty and sensitivity analyses, where numerous simulations are required. Statistical emulators, as surrogates of these simulators, can provide predictions of the physical process in a much faster and computationally inexpensive way. They can form a prominent solution to explore thousands of scenarios that would be otherwise numerically expensive and difficult to achieve...
April 2017: Proceedings. Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479145/arsenic-and-mercury-concentrations-in-marine-fish-sourced-from-local-fishermen-and-fish-markets-in-mine-impacted-communities-in-ratatotok-sub-district-north-sulawesi-indonesia
#20
Keith Bentley, Amin Soebandrio
Mesel gold mine, Ratatotok Sub-district, North Sulawesi, Indonesia deposited about 4.5millionm(3) of detoxified tailings containing arsenic (As) and mercury (Hg) via a submarine pipeline into Buyat Bay. As and Hg analysis of 216 fish muscle tissue composites from subsistence fishermen, local markets and a reference market confirmed that mean As levels were comparable between locations (range 1.71 to 2.12mg/kg wet weight (ww)) and <10% of the Australia New Zealand standard. Mean Hg concentrations were highest for the artisanal fishermen group (0...
May 4, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
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