The Continued Phenomena of Global Draining

The Continued Phenomena of Global Draining

Dr. M, National Institute of Ocean Fluctuation Research, Deep-Sea News Way, Suite 100, Timbuktu 20501

Recently, Southern Fried Scientist (2010) provided the first data demonstrating global draining.  This alarming trend was until recently unrecognized  by the scientific community (reviewed in Southern Fried Scientist 2010).  Southern Fried Scientist states that

Earlier today, as I sat watching the sea, I noticed a disturbing trend. While scientist and environmentalists may claim the sea level is rising, I watched with my own eyes as the sea retreated. The data are irrefutable, we have entered into a downward spiral of Global Draining.

Here, I report results that bare on the matter of Global Draining (Southern Fried Scientist 2010) and provide further support of continued draining of the world’s oceans.  Local-scale observation of in situ draining combined with a robust theoretical model firmly place the rate of draining at 40 Gigatons of H2o per year.

In an approximately 20 kilometer square area, data were collected from 18 acrylic or fiberglass basins (6’*3’*2′) located with individual residences.  These basins were previously used for lavation of human subjects.  Analyses indicate a significant (p<0.0001, R2=.921) amount of draining at the rate of 12.4 liters per minute across all lavation basins.

Utilizing these data, I construct a simple model.  Conceptually, the model scales up local draining, utilizing our in situ estimates, to ocean wide draining.  The model clearly demonstrates that global draining will rapidly increase in the next 50 years from 1 Gigaton to 40 Gigatons per year.  Further simulation analysis (below) using the liquid holdup equation, gas holdup equation (as derived by Yu and Rittmann, 1997), Foscolo et al. (1983)’s parameter estimates, and balancing phase components, demonstrates the robustness of the model.

Journal of the Global Draining Society Letters, B (2010) 1(1):12-15 doi:10340823.xadflk

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

One comment on “The Continued Phenomena of Global Draining
  1. My god this global draining you speak of, if true, will kill all the sharks, and by that logic once the sharks are gone we will run out of oxygen (according to sea shepherd shark scientists).

    This is truely a disaster of major proportions.

    Perhaps if we all threw cups of water from our taps?

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