N.Polunin at newcastle.ac.uk
Mon Aug 7 11:23:12 EDT 1995
I am disappointed to see you are not attending our 'European Meeting of
the International Society for Reef Studies here in Newcastle 5-9
September. Is there any chance you would care to come over and generate
some discussion on the matter?
On Mon, 17 Jul 1995, Coral Health and Monitoring Program wrote:
> The following message from Reinhold Leinfelder had some
> transmission difficulties on his end and is herewith being
> retransmitted. We apologize if this is a duplicate posting for you.
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> Dear Colleagues,
> The present situation at Moruroa Atoll should not only worry us but rather
> demands some actions also from the Coral Health and Monitoring Group as
> well as others working on reefs. As reef researchers we all know that reefs
> are very porous systems which never will be dense and fence off nuclear
> waste from the surrounding world. This is true even if the atoll will not
> collapse due to the nuclear explosion.
> Particularly when judging from the fossil record reefs are highly porous,
> open hydrological systems. This is why reefs form the majority of reservoir
> rocks for giant oil fields. The fact that the oil is entrapped in the reefs
> is not contradictory to this view: The reef reservoirs are sealed by
> younger rocks or special tectonic situations. This is not possible in
> modern reefs which hence are one of the most open hydrological systems.
> Many oceanic atolls probably exhibit 'endo-upwelling' which is thought to
> be caused by stronger heatflow above the volcanic basement, so that
> additional to the generally high lateral permeability a vertical
> permeability and water flow from down to the surface might be generated.
> THIS WAS PARTICULARLY SHOWN FOR MORUROA ATOLL by Rougerie, F. & Wauthy, B.
> (1993): The endo-upwelling concept: from geothermal convection to reef
> construction.- Coral Reefs, 12/1: 19-30, Heidelberg etc. (Springer
> International). Knowing about these facts, we should open our mouths.
> I am no member of Greenpeace (I am Professor of Geology and Paleontology at
> the University of Stuttgart, Germany) but it seems that Greenpeace is the
> most active group in this aspect and that they try to follow a scientific
> line, besides all public relation work which is certainly necessary as
> well. They particularly demand more thorough studies prior to any tests. If
> you are interested you may see their WWW-page:
> http://www.greenpeace.org/~comms/rw/rwletter.html . At this page which is
> from the Greenpeace REsearch Labs, Greenpeace presents a RATIONALE FOR A
> PROGRAMME OF STUDY TO ASSESS THE IMPACT OF FRENCH NUCLEAR TESTING AT
> MORUROA AND FANGATAUFA.
> Additional information is on http://www.greenpeace.org/~comms/rw/rw.html.
> The e-mail address of Greenpeace research labs is:
> <exeter.lab at green2.greenpeace.org> where you could send a support
> Be it through Greenpeace, any other institution or directly to the French
> government or embassy, please act in an appropriate manner as fast as you
> Best wishes Reinhold Leinfelder
> Reinhold Leinfelder
> Institut fuer Geologie und Palaeontologie der Universitaet Stuttgart
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> D-70174 Stuttgart
> e-mail: reinhold.leinfelder at po.uni-stuttgart.de
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