Monthly Archives: July 2017

biorock links and additional reading

Title Notes
Goreau’s “Marine Electrolysis for Building Materials and Environmental Restoration” Lots of essential details about the types of rocks grown at different charges, etc, and the increased growth of marine wildlife
Not as much detail about specific building techniques
Official Biorock FAQ Includes more practical questions of budget, process, materials – encouraging for those on a shoestring budget!
Goreau’s “Electrical Stimulation Greatly Increases Settlement, Growth, Survival, and Stress Resistance of Marine Organisms” Research paper with evidence and graphs of biorock’s positive effects on marine growth – good for the “why” of a project like this – includes oyster mentions
The Biorock Process Short general description of Biorock’s process, other pages on this site also useful to browse
DIY Aquarium Biorock – Forum 1 Forum, someone trying to create biorock in a home aquarium, conversation ends before a solution is described but still useful as a premise
DIY Biorock – Forum 2 70 forum posts, partly contesting Biorock’s strength for building materials, but this is irrelevant for a structure like ours that will stay underwater
Should read through – lots of concrete tips scattered throughout long nerdy conversation (how fast material builds up, what to use, etc.)
Seament Accretion Experiment This is one of the MOST useful pages so far! Describes and pictures specific materials (even dimensions and part #s) and spells out a step by step process
Includes a case study experiment of biorock
STUDY ON BIOROCK® TECHNIQUE USING THREE DIFFERENT ANODE MATERIALS (MAGNESIUM, ALUMINUM, AND TITANIUM) Compares anode materials – literally a tl;dr – Titanium is best and fastest, Magnesium Aluminum is second-best
DIY Biorock conservation Kind of introductory and written by a crazy guy, has a useful diagram to explain how the whole system is set up
Biorock Technology Benefits Search for “New York” to see examples of Biorock allowing oysters to grow even in severely polluted site in NYC – this applies to our project
Mara Mara’s worked with Tom and James- exactly what were trying to do
Colleen Colleen’s project, she’s very nice via email
Mara;s new project Mara’s using a fairytale format and aesthetic to develop a How-To for Oyster Rehab
The Biorock Book – Unit 16 – Bartlett School of Architecture Summarizes several practical experiments, useful for observing rate and factors of growth
Oyster Growth Study using Biorock® Accretion Technology Oyster and NYC-specific experiment – very similar to what we’re trying to do! Shows that oysters grow where Biorock gives them a structure, and they actually grow more quickly than other oysters
Biorock® oysters grow faster and have higher survival Results from studies on the growth rate of oysters in Biorock conditions in New York – Tom Goreau is an author
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“When heaven’s high vault condensing clouds deform,
Fair Amaryllis flies the incumbent storm,
Seeks with unsteady step the shelter’d vale,
And turns her blushing beauties from the gale.
Six rival youths, with soft concern impress’d,
Calm all her fears, and charm her cares to rest.” (I.151-156)

-Erasmus Darwin

Poem on evolution

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Erasmus Darwin offered the first glimpse of his theory of evolution, obliquely, in a question at the end of a long footnote to his popular poem The Loves of the Plants (1789), which was republished throughout the 1790s in several editions as The Botanic Garden. His poetic concept was to anthropomorphise the stamen (male) and pistil (female) sexual organs, as bride and groom. In this stanza on the flower Curcuma (also Flax and Turmeric) the “youths” are infertile, and he devotes the footnote to other examples of neutered organs in flowers, insect castes, and finally associates this more broadly with many popular and well-known cases of vestigial organs (male nipples, the third and fourth wings of flies, etc.)

Woo’d with long care, CURCUMA cold and shy
Meets her fond husband with averted eye:
Four beardless youths the obdurate beauty move
With soft attentions of Platonic love.

Darwin’s final long poem, The Temple of Nature was published posthumously in 1803. The poem was originally titled The Origin of Society. It is considered his best poetic work. It centres on his own conception of evolution. The poem traces the progression of life from micro-organisms to civilised society. The poem contains a passage that describes the struggle for existence.[10]

His poetry was admired by Wordsworth, although Coleridge was intensely critical, writing, “I absolutely nauseate Darwin’s poem”.[6] It often made reference to his interests in science; for example botany and steam engines.

 

WHEN I HEARD THE LEARN’D ASTRONOMER

When I heard the learn’d astronomer,

When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,

When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them,

When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,

How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,

Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself,

In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,

Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.

 

Walt Whitman