Environment Science

Monitoring water quality with clams

Bookmarked Someone Explains How Poland Uses Clams To Control Its Water Supply And It’s Pretty Crazy by Judita K (Bored Panda)

While it seems that various technologies are completely taking over many different parts of human life, it appears that even some man-made things are better left to nature… Turns out, some places in the world trust clams and mussels to detect the cleanness of water. Despite most of us being used to seeing clams on a fancy dinner plate, some of them get a more important mission – monitoring the purity of drinking water.


Protecting Water Quality with a Physical Intervention

Watched Why Are 96,000,000 Black Balls on This Reservoir? by Veritasium from

I took a boat through 96 million black plastic balls on the Los Angeles reservoir to find out why they’re there. The first time I heard about shade balls the claim was they reduce evaporation. But it turns out this isn’t the reason they were introduced.

Not what I expected! Long story short, to prevent formation of a carcinogenic chemical.

Visually it looks super cool, like a gigantic ball pit. The balls naturally raft into grids that look like different textures from above.