Los Angeles dumps 96 million plastic balls into a reservoir to prevent it from evaporating

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+24 1. ringmaster commented 5 years ago

Why are they black and not white? The plastic balls...
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+9 2. Judge-Jake commented 5 years ago

I often wondered why I didn't evaporate now I know why >:)
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+12 3. LaPeste commented 5 years ago

#1 : maybe the idea is not preventing evaporation but something more serious :
http://www.amusingplanet.com/2011/11/ivanhoe-reservoir-covered-with-400000.html
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+14 4. cameramaster commented 5 years ago

I think it must have been highly satisfying to open the back of that truck :-)
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+3 5. Dennyboy commented 5 years ago

That's a load of balls!
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+11 6. akeem commented 5 years ago

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+3 7. tiggfigg commented 5 years ago

I wouldn't want to be the guy to clean that up.
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+2 8. Judge-Jake commented 5 years ago

#1 There you go again always making it into a race thing :P
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+2 9. stonedecroze commented 5 years ago

Okay, so rather than educate the population to use less water we'll add a few tons of plastic pollution to the planet.
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+5 10. bella1 commented 5 years ago

#1 black is the only color strong enough to deflect ultraviolet rays.
Ultraviolet rays photons carry more energy than visible wavelength photons and will consequently cause more rapid evaporation.
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+1 11. Geekster (admin) commented 5 years ago

#6 >:) >:)
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+2 12. torbengb commented 5 years ago

#3 those photos are immensely satisfying <3 thank you!
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+1 13. primate1970 commented 5 years ago

96 Million....? Somehow I don't think there were 96 Thousand thousand balls there...??
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+2 14. BrahmaBull commented 5 years ago

#10 but being black they would still get much warmer which would accelerate evaporation...wouldn't it???
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+1 15. thundersnow commented 5 years ago

They sure got balls in LA >:)
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+2 16. sux2bu commented 5 years ago

#13 Who said that was the only truckload they are going to dump?
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+2 17. snotraddict commented 5 years ago

As corrupt as the city of LA is, I think the ball manufacturer has some ties to the city.
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+1 18. thoruus commented 5 years ago

And where is José González when L.A. needs him?! ;)
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0 19. ninocka commented 5 years ago

Wouldn't it be easier and more efficient to create some type of a cover?
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+1 20. howiehere commented 5 years ago

I'm not a biologist, but having read a few articles from those who are, they basically said black was the worst color to choose for the balls. Those balls will absorb heat from the sun, and with the compounded surface area of the balls plus the surface of the water, the reservoir will become a "nightmare" of a breeding ground for bacteria. They didn't really think this one through all the way. Multimillion dollar mistake, and soon, what to do about the bacteria...
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+1 21. buckleg08 commented 2 years ago

balls...>:) I still know how to laugh...:D
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+1 22. thundersnow commented 2 years ago

#21 There's one (or two) for everyone. ;)
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0 23. buckleg08 commented 56 days ago

balls...we still got it thundersnow...:D
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0 24. Judge-Jake commented 55 days ago

Imagine getting that order. "There might be a bit of overtime, coming up guys, and we night need to order some more hand pumps" :D