DRINKING GAME: take a shot every time a parked car conversation ends in tears and sounds like a wine glass hitting hardwood with too much force to be an accident.
DRINKING GAME: take a shot every time you wake up in a cold sweat because you had a dream where you loved someone that you shouldn’t have. or should have. or shouldn’t have. or-
DRINKING GAME: take a shot every time somebody asks me how you are and I lie about knowing the answer to that question because I never bothered to learned how to say your name followed by the word “gone.”
DRINKING GAME: take a shot every time you think about touching yourself. another shot if you don’t. another shot if you do but end up crying before you’ve finished. another shot if you can’t finish without thinking about their teeth on your earlobe like water on a grease fire, like red lights when you’re late.
DRINKING GAME: take a shot every time you lose your voice because this is the eleventh time you’ve listened to drops of jupiter within the last hour and the only volume that your vocal cords have when it comes to the words “did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there?” is excruciatingly uncomfortable.
DRINKING GAME: take a shot every time you consider driving to the city, driving until the engine burns out, driving to a place that neither of you have ever been, driving until the part of you that still knows what they smells like in the late afternoon jumps out the passenger side door and doesn’t bother running after you.
DRINKING GAME: take a shot every time something seemingly insignificant brings you to your knees. the color red. batman cartoons. the soft drink aisle of the grocery store. warmth.
DRINKING GAME: take a shot every time you write another poem about them leaving and it doesn’t make you feel any better, it just reminds you of all the things that are still left to say.
What are scientists up to in your national marine sanctuaries?
In Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, researchers are kicking off an expedition to explore the sanctuary’s deep-sea ecosystems!
Using a remotely operated vehicle, scientists from Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary will explore the sanctuary’s deep-water ecosystems. Photo: Charleston Lab
Located off the coast of Southern California, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary protects remarkable biodiversity, productive ecosystems, and sensitive species and habitats. But more than a quarter of this ocean treasure remains unmapped and little-explored. This month, a research expedition will change that.
Throughout April and May, a team of NOAA-led researchers will explore the sanctuary’s deep seafloor environment. Deep-sea environments like those in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary provide nurseries and habitat for commercially-important species such as lobster, squid, and sea urchins. Some deep coral reefs may also produce chemicals that could be key to the next generation of medicines. However, these habitats are under threat. The two-week cruise on board the NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada will shine a light on how these ecosystems are impacted by a variety of stresses facing them, such as ocean acidification.
When we burn fossil fuels like oil and gas, we release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. When the ocean absorbs this carbon dioxide, chemical reactions occur that reduce seawater pH and the amounts of available calcium carbonate minerals. This is known as ocean acidification. Calcium carbonate minerals are the building blocks for the skeletons and shells of many marine organisms, including deep-sea corals.
Lophelia pertusa (white coral at left and lower-right) is a deep-sea coral that is sensitive to ocean acidification. Photo: NOAA
2014 survey results indicate that corals in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary are already experiencing effects from ocean acidification, and waters in this area are projected to become even more acidic. Corals support extensive fish and invertebrate populations, including commercially-fished species, so it is important to monitor the potentially harmful effects ocean acidification has on deep-sea corals. Using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), the ocean acidification team will collect samples of Lophelia pertusa, a stony reef-building deep-sea coral found in the sanctuary. Researchers will also monitor water chemistry in and around reefs to help measure local effects of increased carbon dioxide emissions and to assess this ecosystem’s overall vulnerability to ocean acidification.
this is so messed up… like we know that at first, sozin just tried to set up colonies in the earth kingdom, that was his target and his plan. then when roku found out about this, they had their big argument and battle, breaking a lifelong friendship. this is when sozin fully turned against the avatar, but it wasn’t until 35 years later that sozin’s comet arrived and they committed the air nomad genocide. and you don’t just commit genocide without indoctrinating your people and military to hate the targeted group of people first. the air nomads are just that– nomads– which means they travel the world and have no permanent home. they were present in the fire nation like anywhere else, and it’s probable that they faced xenophobia and were viewed by the nationalistic and generally homogenous fire nation people as outsiders and intruders.
this brings me to this scene. the council, specifically pasang the head monk, says “i fear that war may be upon us.” the fact that they know this tells me that as much as they try to appear removed from the world, they still do some governing and participate in international relations, and they see the warning signs. because it’s likely that in the 35 years between that fight with roku and the genocide, sozin’s plan shifted to include ending the avatar, who would next be an airbender. so he cultivated worse and worse hate of the air nomads in the fire nation people, preparing for when sozin’s comet came. it’s likely that this was built on centuries of rising and falling prejudice, but in that timespan he had to have escalated it to the point where his people and armies would carry out a genocide, and the air nomads became aware of that rising hate to the point that their leaders saw war coming. it’s just really sad to think about