As time has gone on, the list of Flotsam Diaries experiments has grown. This is a place to follow the trials & tribulations of a regular guy just trying to make sense of the world that lay at his feet.
Cigarette Filter Persistence
Cigarette butts aren't cotton. They're plastic, and they last for years. What does that mean for a filter in a marine/coastal environment? This set of experiments hoped to explain just that.
|Bucket, seawater, cigarette, sand|
Ashes to Ashes, Part II
Ashes to Ashes, Part III
Aluminum Can Disintegration
Beaches in Maine, including Bay View, are littered with scraps of aluminum cans. Many were clearly rotting away back to nothing. An early series of experiments hoped to find out why.
|Plastic doesn't rot; aluminum does|
Soda Can Experiment Update - The Plot Thickens
Soda Can Experiment Update II
Soda Can Experiment Update III
Soda Can Experiment Post-mortem
Scientists predict rising CO2 levels mean an increasingly acidic ocean. It's already happening, in some places 50 years ahead of the previous direst predictions. So, in an acidic world, what will dissolve and what will persist?
|Let the sizzling begin|
Acidification and Disintegration - Part II