Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
Join Undercurrent on Facebook
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes
March 2000 Vol. 15, No. 3   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
What's this?

Flotsam & Jetsam

from the March, 2000 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

THE DIRTY CORAL PLAGUE: Researchers may have found a culprit responsible for spreading disease in coral reefs worldwide. Dick Barber of Duke University told the June meeting of the U.S. Global Change Research Program in Washington, D.C., that a decades-long drought in the Sahel region of Africa has caused a five-fold increase in atmospheric dust thats carried throughout the world by African trade winds. The dust carries plenty of baggage, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi, and its also rich in iron, which can fertilize reef-smothering algae. Barber blames the dust for epidemics of white band and black band disease and coral plague, especially in the Caribbean, which receives roughly a billion tons of atmospheric dust from Africa each year. Dust is also blamed for aspergillus fungal devastation of Caribbean sea fans and severe declines in diadema sea urchins and staghorn coral.

AUSSIE CURRENTS GRAB ANOTHER ONE: Last month we reported on the ordeal of Paul Lucas, a 37-year-old British diver who was caught by an eddy and spent over 24 hours adrift before he washed up on a barrier island and was rescued. This month the Aussies did it again: 80-year-old Californian Ursula Margaret Clutton disappeared January 11 while snorkeling with approximately 300 other tourists on Agincourt Reef, quite near the area where Thomas and Eileen Lonergan vanished in January, 1998. After a head count by the crew of the Quicksilver Cruises boat turned up short, several additional vessels and half a dozen aircraft were dispatched, but two days searches found no trace of Clutton, who is presumed drowned. While Clutton had apparently been snorkeling without a buddy, Quicksilver Cruises director Max Shepherd said that she had been snorkeling near the boat and that the company had a look-out on duty.

I want to get all the stories! Tell me how I can become an Undercurrent Online Member and get online access to all the articles of Undercurrent as well as thousands of first hand reports on dive operations world-wide



NEW! Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account |
| Travel Index | Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Forums | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues | Login | Join | Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |


Copyright © 1996-2016 Undercurrent (www.undercurrent.org)
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.

cd