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Old 07-18-2009, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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I am sure for it to have an serious affect on the strength of a storm, cold water would have to be forced to the surface much farther out than the extent of the hypoxic zone. This low oxygen zone is formed in the spring when floodwaters emptying into the gulf create a layer of fresh water above the salt water that is already there.

In fact, gulf Hurricanes and tropical storms in late summer-early fall often serve to break up the hypoxic zone.
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Old 07-18-2009, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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The problem is this, pushing warmer water will hasten deep sea warming. That hot water will eventually reach the surface. The more it is done the hotter the water gets. Eventually a monster hurricane sucks up the heat and somewhere gets cleared anyway. The warm water will also deplete the lower levels of nutrients and cause algal blooms. Instead of tampering with nature how about not building crap in hurricane country. Leave the danger to those of us who prepare for it and enjoy hurricanes for the exciting events that they are.
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Old 07-18-2009, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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The problem is this, pushing warmer water will hasten deep sea warming. That hot water will eventually reach the surface. The more it is done the hotter the water gets. Eventually a monster hurricane sucks up the heat and somewhere gets cleared anyway. The warm water will also deplete the lower levels of nutrients and cause algal blooms. Instead of tampering with nature how about not building crap in hurricane country. Leave the danger to those of us who prepare for it and enjoy hurricanes for the exciting events that they are.
Or how about building it to survive in hurricane country? That can work, too.
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Old 07-18-2009, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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The problem is this, pushing warmer water will hasten deep sea warming. That hot water will eventually reach the surface. The more it is done the hotter the water gets. Eventually a monster hurricane sucks up the heat and somewhere gets cleared anyway. The warm water will also deplete the lower levels of nutrients and cause algal blooms. Instead of tampering with nature how about not building crap in hurricane country. Leave the danger to those of us who prepare for it and enjoy hurricanes for the exciting events that they are.
I agree.
Just as you are risking your life and property if you build on the California coast, you are also risking losing everything if you build on the Gulf coast. BUild somewhere you are not likely to be affected by a hurricane if it worries you so.
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Old 07-18-2009, 10:43 PM
 
Location: La Isla Encanta, Puerto Rico
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Much of the strength, heat, and water volume for the Gulf Stream that warms Western Europe starts as the Gulf Loop Current. This plan to pump cold water up to the surface from the depths would likely disrupt, cool down, and possibly stop the flow of both. Do you think that there might be some PO'd Euros if we plunged their continent into near Antarctic conditions and a new ice age?
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Old 07-19-2009, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Just Outside of Chicagoland
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i think it would be a good idea. as for the "playing god" that makes no sense. if god didnt want anyone to do it. he wouldnt have made them smart enough to figure it out.
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Old 07-19-2009, 04:08 PM
 
Location: La Isla Encanta, Puerto Rico
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I wouldn't call it playing God; I'd call it playing with fire. Go into something with such massive consequences not knowing what you're doing is a good way to get burned.
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Old 07-19-2009, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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i think it would be a good idea. as for the "playing god" that makes no sense. if god didnt want anyone to do it. he wouldnt have made them smart enough to figure it out.
It still has not been established as to whether or not this is a smart idea.
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Old 07-19-2009, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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/Its not a smart idea not only for the repercussions, but because it is impossible to move enough cooler water to make it work. Think about this for a second. a hurricane has the equivalent energy of many atomic bombs. You cant kill something like that by cooling off a little bit of water, or even a lot of it. Its impossible to cover a large area of ocean with these pumps because you would affect everything from fisheries to shipping channels, and even then you wouldnt have the guarantee of even being in the path of every hurricane. This is science fiction at best and total lunacy at worst.
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Old 07-20-2009, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Da Parish
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Leave the danger to those of us who prepare for it and enjoy hurricanes for the exciting events that they are.
Hurricanes are exciting until you've lost your home, town, and region. Hurricanes are exciting until someone you know dies.
Hurricanes are exciting until you stand on the street and smell the dead bodies that were missed by the search team.

After that happens hurricanes are serious business and the survivors have a healthy respect for these magnificent and deadly events. As many have learned about being what they think of as prepared, "The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men, gang aft agley." Thinking that you are prepared can be your downfall.
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