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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

July 29, 2019

Real talk about blueberries and busy days

George Lounsbery-Scaife & Amelia Macapia, Hunter College High School & Bard High School Early College

SEA Semester

Above: The Nobska Lighthouse! (peep my hair not agreeing with the wind - George) (and mine - Amelia); below: Amelia and George during the writing of this post… you wish you were us.

After a breakfast of cereal and delicious fruit salad (minus the blueberries. I don’t like blueberries - George) (I, unlike George, LOVE blueberries, please don’t take them from me - Amelia), we started today’s classes off early with a guest lecturer from Sea Grant. We learned about ocean acidification. As atmospheric CO2 concentrations increase far more than preindustrial amounts due to fossil fuel emissions, the ocean absorbs about 25% of the CO2, which reacts with water to become carbonic acid. Because of this reaction, the ocean is becoming increasingly acidic, significantly impacting marine ecosystems, particularly shelled organisms (scary stuff, not fake news guys!!! - Amelia).

It was not all talk, though. We went to the lab and used yeast to model carbon emissions on a smaller scale, seeing the pH decrease and the water become alarmingly acidic. There was no Oceans and Society class today because of the extended lesson, but after our lunch we took a field trip to Woods Hole, where Liz Fisher Sullivan, one of our instructors, showed us the docks and told us of the history of the Marine Biological Laboratory (we never made it to the aquarium because plans changed last minute. I was considering just breaking in - George).

After having an hour of free time to wander (and grab delicious pie - Amelia) (and ice cream! - George), we visited a WHOI exhibit where we learned about the discovery of hydrothermal vents, the wreck of the titanic and kelp’s usage as a fuel source. We returned to campus briefly to pack a dinner, and hurried to a Falmouth Commodores baseball game. Most of us left after the fourth inning (turns out that baseball games are usually about twice as long as you want them to be - George) (though I stayed with a small group, none of us knew enough about baseball to tell if they were good or not - Amelia). And that brings us to study hall where Diego is running laps around the building to hatch an egg in Pokemon Go.

It’s 8:55, and we’re all ready for bed after a long day (except Diego). Until next time, folks.

- George Lounsbery-Scaife, Hunter College High School & Amelia Macapia, Bard High School Early College

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