Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Kesterson Wildlife Refuge

Paddled back to the Creek after Breakfast...Little Birds about...sighted
Rufous Crowned Sparrow, I all blurry...and Brown Creeper pic from too far away...Nuthatch call, Flicker call, and lots of Juncos browsing on the Ground...returned to the Cabin, and napped until worktime...sunny blueblue, cool with breeze--almost a Tuolumne feel in the Lunch: sat awhile at Ozone Boulder...Robin, Mallard call, Song Sparrow up from Kesterson Wildlife Refuge...I haven't id Two Blurry Birds startled to flight, and blurry Bird chasing blurry Great Horned Owl, and Hawk is Juvenile Red Tail, I think!...I only walked into the Refuge a hundred yards or so, as far as the First Trees...for sometime, a long walk thereabout!


and some more bits: a news reporter, Lloyd Carter, had done some investigative pieces on Selenium, at Kesterson, and else ware...some links:

wiki's take on Selenium

Carter link mentions the sixteen parts per million that caused bird deformities....I'm not sure what that means, sixteen parts per million parts?...brb...well, here's wiki take on parts per...
I suppose if one had a million ounces of water, and sixteen ounces were Selenium, and if the water was in a hypothetical glass for a hypothetical giant, the giant might have pause before taking sip!

and this brings to mind...brb...

well, a divert...


4. Se

Representative: sesame seeds, malt and astragalus; yeast, eggs, beer; lobster, tuna and other seafood; garlic, mushrooms and so on.

Selenium has antioxidant effects, it is by blocking the peroxidation reaction of the body play a anti-radiation, anti-aging effect. Selenium-rich foods most important sesame seeds, malt and astragalus.


from a listing of foods to eat to prevent trouble from radiation, as from Japan...

what I was looking for is if Se, Selenium, is one of the radioacative elements escaping in the disaster, and what parts per million these elements are diluting too, in the ocean, in the air...

Selenium is a necessary element for good health in people, in animals, and apparently, influences cell reproduction in some delicate fashion, which may suggest that too much of it, causes birth defects, and too little, a susceptibility to illnesses...brb...


"Hormesis" refers to things that are toxic
in large doses, but harmless or even beneficial in small doses. Trace
amounts of selenium, for example, are essential for cell function of
animals. But selenium salts in larger doses, are highly toxic.

from thread


Nuclear reactor uranumium fuel rods fission, and the uranium decays into other elements. I dont know if Selenium is one of them. One more search, looking for how many parts per million these radioactive elements escaping are at, like Plutonium, and Cesium..brb...

Cesium: bit by NY Times

Plutonium: bit by CBS

Well, the searches for parts per million are too nebulus...but the questions to be asked when the dust settles, which is a very sardonic pun!, are like: How many parts per million Cesium in Pacific Tuna? or, How many parts per million Cesium in a person? A puzzle, not unlike the recent, how many parts per million BP oil in Gulf Shrimp?


from wiki take on Nuclear Fission:

These fuels break apart into a bimodal range of chemical elements with atomic masses centering near 95 and 135 u (fission products).


Selenium has an atomic mass of 78.96, apparently, and not a fission product, but this is all beyond my purview!


I REMEMBERED Edward Teller’s response to the news about Chernobyl: “The chances of a real calamity at a nuclear power station are infinitesimally small,” he said on the “ABC Evening News” in late April 1986. “But should it happen, the consequences are impossible to imagine.”

Jeremiad for Belarus

Revisiting the accident "that could never happen here"


Published in the March/April 2004 issue of Orion magazine


it's late....

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