A lake close to Cape Canaveral is home to Florida’s mascot — the ‘Gator.
Last week zoologists have been looking to see if space shuttle launches affect the environment of local animals. So when NASA launched a shuttle this past weekend, researchers were ready to sample the water and collect some gator eggs.
Prior to the launch, the lake’s water had a clearly alkaline pH of 7.8, comparable to river water.
3 hours after launch, the local lake water had plummeted to a startling pH of 0.5 — more than a million times more acidic than pre-launch!!!
The region is dominated by limestone-weathered soils, so 24 hours later the lake’s water was again a comfortable 7.8. So.. are there any ‘gators left,?