Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Burning Sugar

When the plantations are burning and the winds are right, the entire isthmus stinks like rotting garbage and the air is full of haze. The green fields are nice, but the production isn't.

Brown, nasty smokestacks?

The layer of crap hanging around Haleakala - you can see the peak clearly but the rest of it is very very fuzzy.

You might not be able to see it well, but the bottoms of all the clouds are somewhat brownish. The layer of air where the pollutants are trapped is quite distinct. It's like the clouds are floating on haze.


Blogger Lynn said...

I am guessing the "smokestacks" you are referring to are really the cooling towers emitting steam. The towers spread the water out so as much air as possible can reach it and cool it down. Water is then recycled into the plant. The puffs you see coming out of a cooling tower are just clouds of water vapor.
What do I know though, I only have a BS in Chemical

12:53 PM  
Blogger geekedout said...

this isn't a power plant. it's just a factory that burns sugar cane to extract the sugar. the smoke is nasty and stinks. really stinks. rotting carcass stinks. and the air is really brown and hazy. that's not just water vapor. the smoke is black or brown. sometimes they just light the entire field on fire and let the smoke out completely unfiltered. this is a lot closer to the third world that you might think.....

1:19 AM  

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