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Year of the Ocean

 
 
Year of the Ocean Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 23, 2014
1. Year of the Ocean Marker
Inscription.

If the Oceans of the world perish, so shall we. This mural was painted in celebration of the "International Year of the Ocean", and is a brief glimpse into the story of ocean science on the west coast. A mere fraction of the story is depicted here.

The mural is a dream of the Ocean, and like a dream it flows across a montage of images floating through space and time. Beginning in the distant past, with an Ancient Navigator lovingly holding our Ocean planet, it ends with a question and our hope for the future:

[Caption texts read]
[Instruments] Astrolabe, Quadrant, Sextant

"K-4", the first navigational chronometer, was used by Capt. Cook to chart his voyages

Coastline from Pacific charts circa 1700

Cartouche from an early Russian map: "On this Coast in the Year 1741 was Captain Chirikov"

Captain Cook's ship HMS Resolution

Sea ape (drawing from Steller's journals, in the 1800's)

Black smokers (where, it is believed, life originally emerged)

Tube worms

Spider crab

ROPOS, a Canadian unmanned submersible for deep sea exploration

Humpback whale & drift net

Tethered Nuyt suit

Diatoms (red tide)

Pisces III, a Canadian built manned scientific submarine

Ocean warming:
Year of the Ocean Marker and Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 23, 2014
2. Year of the Ocean Marker and Mural
1850 to 2050 (charted at UVIC)

Scientists and crew on the CCGS JP Tully pulling a 1.5 mile long line of equipment and floats from deep in the Pacific

Current meters by Applied Microsystems and ESI Environmental Sensors Inc.

Topex-Poseiden Satellite: for ocean science communications

Solar powered wave meter by Axys Technologies

St. Catherine, a research and weather ship

Ocean eddies

Pacific viperfish from the benthic zone

Mesocosm: a reminder of an important scientific study undertaken in the Saanich Inlet by IOS

Chaetoceros convoltus: an organism that attacks fish by attaching to their gills

PCB molecule & Dioxin molecules, which persist throughout the marine food chain

Fisgard Light

Scientific advice and assistance was provided by
The Institute of Ocean Sciences, UVIC, and many other BC science and high tech companies.

Artist: Icebear
www.icebearstudio.com
 
Erected by Blackline Maritime Inc.
 
Location. 48° 38.896′ N, 123° 23.73′ W. Marker is in Sidney, British Columbia, in Capital Regional District. Marker is on 1st Street just north of Bevan Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is on the
Year of the Ocean Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 23, 2014
3. Year of the Ocean Mural
east wall of Fairway Market. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2531 Beacon Avenue, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 1Y1, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Port of Entry Beacon (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Mayor's Community Builder Awardees at Beacon Park Pavilion (about 150 meters away); Waterfront Industries (about 180 meters away); War Memorial (about 210 meters away); a different marker also named War Memorial (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Black Pioneers in British Columbia (approx. 8 kilometers away); The Italian Garden (approx. 10.6 kilometers away); Star Pond (approx. 10.6 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sidney.
 
Also see . . .  The International Year of the Ocean. (Submitted on July 18, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Year of the Ocean Mural Detail of CCGS JP Tully Scientists and Crew image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 23, 2014
4. Year of the Ocean Mural Detail of CCGS JP Tully Scientists and Crew
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 336 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 18, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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