Thursday, April 14, 2011

Radiation in The Ocean: Not That Big Of Deal

This is what happens when you sit on a blog. It becomes irrelevant. I wrote this when it first started happening, but had other things i wanted to post and then boom. Outdated. Sorry, but not sorry enough to not post it.


Anyway, I really enjoyed how people were making a huge fuss about japan letting radiated water back into the ocean. Yes, i could see how people might be mad, and i could see some interesting effects, especially since the ocean currants (YUM) won’t dilute it to it’s full potential, but i think we should put this into perspective º.


10,000 tons of water. (amount of water that was supposed to leak into the pacific ocean)

2,000 pounds = 1 ton.

Multiply 2,000 pounds by 10,000 tons.

equals 20,000,000 pounds of water.

Ok. 1 gallon of water = 8 pounds

Divide 20,000,000 pounds of water by 8 pounds.

This equals 2,500,000 gallons of water being released into the ocean.


To make this easier and more accurate, we’ll be more specific and use the pacific ocean as an example.


The pacific ocean is about 70,000,000 square miles of ocean. that translates to roughly 187,189,915,062,857,142,857 gallons of water in the pacific ocean.


2,500,000 gallons into 187,189,915,062,857,142,857 gallons

equals 1.335542E-14

which equals .00000000000001335542 (give or take a decimal)


ok, let’s move the decimal 2 places to convert to a percentage, and boom.

.000000000001335542%


. . . . . . . .


I’m no scientist, but i think that we’ll be fine. And by we, i mean me, because i’m nowhere near japan.


The moral of the story is a) be skeptical of the media. And b) do a little bit of research. It’s similar to the air traffic controllers falling asleep and shark attacks. The number of air traffic controllers falling asleep and shark attacks don’t rise. There isn’t an epidemic of these things. The media just gets a hold of something and makes it seem that way. Effing idiots.





º i am not a mathlete or a scientist, therefore my math could be completely wrong even though it appears to be only simple division and multiplication. Also, i can’t waste time doing research so i relied on the internet to help me. Although i did check more than one source, i could be wrong, but i don’t think i am. I mean, obviously i’m not 100% accurate because that’d be quite improbable, but i bet it’s close. Anyway, that’s not the point, the point is to put it in to perspective.

2 comments:

Courtney said...

nice math, I checked it, it's all right.

MindySue said...

more breaking news. i hadn't heard about the radiated water until I read YOUR blog. Way to stay current...or to stay behind the times, with me.