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In the middle of the King Tides on Tuvalu

Posted on 18. Feb, 2011 by Lan Marie in King Tides

The Nui maneapa (meeting house) during King Tide

It is King Tides – the highest tide of the year – and the salt water has made a small lake outside one of the meeting houses of Tuvalu. Inside, the people from the island Nui are preparing a party. Outside, the children are playing in the water. The water is not only washing over the costline, but it is also seeping through small holes in the porous atoll ground. It is a bit less salty than ordinary sea water (so they say here) and it is quite polluted. The PH is around 4, while PH for sea water normally is around 8. Maybe it is the pigs houses that we can see in the background, maybe it is the pink toilets beside the meeeting house. Coke has PH value 3, so the water is quite acid.

My legs itch, but the children do not seem to care…

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2 Responses to “In the middle of the King Tides on Tuvalu”

  1. Frikk Nesje 19 February 2011 at %I:%M %p #

    Wow. I attended a seminar on ocean acidification earlier today, so, according to what I learned, this do not look good. Is it possible to cope with it?



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