Talk:Farallon Islands

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What is the population of the islands, and who lives there? -- Beland 04:07, 17 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Usually, there are around less than 10 people living there. They are marine biologists, for the most part. Gentgeen 16:09, 17 Jun 2005 (UTC)
Aren't all of the people there temporary researchers? There are no year'round rangers like Santa Barbara Island, for example, are there? BlankVerse 18:06, 17 Jun 2005 (UTC)
They are researchers (which range from 4 in the winter to 8 in the summer/spring) with an NGO (PRBO) that has a contract with Fish and Wildlife. The F&W refuge manager and refuge specialist are based out of Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR and visit the islands from time to time. Sabine's Sunbird 5 July 2005 16:47 (UTC)
I just reverted an edit with regard to inhabitation on the island. SEFI is inhabited all year by scientists. Sabine's Sunbird 15:42, 17 August 2005 (UTC)

I had a math teacher back in the late 1970s-early 1980s who was a member of the California Air National Guard, who described doing practice bombing runs off the Farallons & how sometimes a (dummy) bomb would "skip" across the water and hit land. This is all from memory, though. --Davecampbell 02:29, 4 March 2006 (UTC)

I'm disappointed I can't see the islands on google earth :^( Funkyj 20:16, 20 April 2006 (UTC)

You can see the islands, especially the Southeastern F.I. (SEFI), clearly on NASA World Wind. I added the coordinates of SEFI to the article to facilitate quick lookup (of course, NASA World Wind must be installed).--Ratzer 21:34, 25 November 2006 (UTC)

I have added a section about nuclear waste at the Farallons. SugakuKarasu 12:36, 30 April 2006 (UTC)

Nuclear waste misinformation[edit]

This article may seriously under-represent the dangers of nuclear waste dumping in the area of the Farralon Islands based on a 25 February 2014 article by the Center for Investigative Reporting. The article regards the decades-long misrepresentations and denials by the US Navy about less serious nuclear decontamination problems on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay and at other California military installations. The article is "Treasure Island cleanup exposes Navy’s mishandling of its nuclear past" at http://cironline.org/reports/treasure-island-cleanup-exposes-navy%E2%80%99s-mishandling-its-nuclear-past-5986 . The article repeatedly speaks of nuclear waste from Treasure Island being dumped in the Farralon Islands area, (apparently including the scuttling of -- or pieces of -- radioactive ships -- OTHER than the US Independence which were present at the 1946 Operation Crossroads atomic test at Bikini Atoll -- though this is not clear from the article and the article is not about the scuttling of ships at the Farralon Islands.) Calling it "radioactive waste" would seem to be an understatement. Perhaps the article could be revisited given the literally hoards of documents unearthed from multiple sources by CIR -- and perhaps as a result of other inquiries and insights by other organizations or authors?Lethomme (talk) 00:18, 26 March 2014 (UTC)
  • "From 1945 to 1970, the sea around the Farallones was used as a nuclear dumping site for radioactive waste, despite nuclear dumping at sea being prohibited."
Dumping of nuclear waste at sea was not prohibited at all until the 1970s, and even today can technically be done in many situations with the right license from the EPA.

This is a distinction without a difference. Fukishima? Lethomme (talk) 00:18, 26 March 2014 (UTC)

  • "An estimated count of 80,000 - 55 gallon barrels full of radioactive debris that carry a shelf life of 3 billion years,"
I don't know what "shelf life" is supposed to mean here. Is it some sort of reference to the half lives? This needs to be clarified or removed. "Shelf life" has no meaning in this context. --24.147.86.187 22:00, 11 August 2007 (UTC)
OK, I basically re-wrote it. It seems like it was basically copied-and-pasted from another site anyway, and that site had really bad information on it (it was a sloppy compilation of information with a lot of innuendo thrown in). I think the truth of things is shocking enough as it is, written up clinically and without innuendo, so I have done so! --24.147.86.187 22:33, 11 August 2007 (UTC)
Doesn't this information really belong in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary article? Sabine's Sunbird talk 21:54, 12 August 2007 (UTC)
Does it need a separate article for that? --24.147.86.187 (talk) 03:30, 13 December 2007 (UTC)
  • The graphic showing locations of waste dumping sites does not match the actual locations given by lat and lon. Lat and lon plots to approximately 8 nm further west. This is important since it moves both locations off the continental shelf. That significantly changes the water depth of the sites from ~90 meters to ~900 meters for the eastern (larger) site. This, in turn, significantly changes the potential impact on fisheries and potential for getting entrained in the coastal currents. ThomasH1966 (talk) 21:19, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

Why is there netting in the sea if it's a marine sanctuary?[edit]

Sorry if it's a stupid question! —Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.104.126.200 (talk) 06:02, 12 January 2008 (UTC)

The net either drifted there from outside the sanctuary, or, more likely, the whale was entangled outside the sanctuary and carried the net there itself. 76.200.157.121 (talk) 03:05, 17 May 2008 (UTC)

Commercial and sportfishing are legal in National Marine Sanctuaries - they're more like National Forests than National Parks (sorry for the US-centrism there.) Although given the net was already quite dilapidated when the whale became entangled, it probably did drift in from somewhere. Wevets (talk) 05:50, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

Spanish Names[edit]

The Spanish Wikipedia article [1] provides Spanish (and in a few cases Russian) names for the islands, perhaps even for some rocks that have no English equivalents. Please help matching the names, so we can provide the Spanish names in this article also.

nearly certain matches[edit]

  • Southeast Farallon Island = Farallón Sureste
  • Sea Lion Rock = Piedra del León Marino
  • Great Arch Rock = Farallón El Gran Arco
  • Middle Farallon Island = Farallón de Enmedio
  • North Farallon Island = Farallón del Norte
  • Island of St. James = Isla St. James

possible matches[edit]

  • Seal Rock = Piedra Bola
  • Maintop Island = Farallón Santiago
  • The Drunk Uncle Islets = Rocas de la Bahía
  • Aulone Island = Isla Rezanov
  • Sugarloaf Island = Piedra de Amolar

no matches (no English equivalents found or known)[edit]

  •  ? = Roca Kuskov (S)
  •  ? = Roca Kostromitinov (S)
  •  ? = Piedra Guadalupe (N)
  •  ? = Peñasco Quebrado (N)
  •  ? = Farallón Vizcaíno (N)


Ratzer (talk) 09:40, 23 May 2008 (UTC)

Miscellany[edit]

It is stated that the islands are visible from the mainland on clear days. This is not quite true. Under certain, usually hazy, atmospheric conditions, the Farallones loom into view, but on perfectly clear days, they are hidden beyond the horizon line. I am not an authority, except insofar as I grew up in San Francisco, and had not given the matter any thought, until a science teacher enlightened my class. I remember proving the phenomenon to myself on subsequent jaunts around town. Dchiapello (talk) 03:22, 9 February 2009 (UTC)dchiapello

That may be true from sea level, but I recall them being very visible from up the hills above Stinson Beach even on clear clear days. Sabine's Sunbird talk 03:36, 9 February 2009 (UTC)

They're visible on clear days from the heights on the coast - the Presidio up above Baker Beach, from Fort Funston, and the Golden Gate Bridge itself. At least the peak of Southeast Farallon is visible from sea level on a clear day at Ocean Beach or Rodeo Beach on the other side of the Bridge. Wevets (talk) 05:27, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

visible from continent?[edit]

The article on mirage states that the islands are not visible themselves, but just as a refraction, or mirage, in ideal atmospheric conditions. I think the 1st paragraph is misleading. Parababelico (talk) 17:01, 22 June 2009 (UTC)

That may be true at Sea-level,, but there are high hills on the coast and the islands, and things behind them, are certainly visible from the road to Stinson Beach. Sabine's Sunbird talk 18:56, 22 June 2009 (UTC)

nuclear dumping - citation incorrect[edit]

I couldn't find any information supporting this sentence in the given reference (epa1980): "The materials dumped were mostly laboratory materials containing traces of contamination, the majority of which had decayed by 1980." —Preceding unsigned comment added by 128.12.238.100 (talk) 17:43, 19 July 2010 (UTC)

The cited source says, "Typical low-level wastes disposed of at sea are paper towels, rags, broken glassware, clothing, and other laboratory paraphernalia ..." -- see page 7, under "What kind of material was dumped at these sites?" On page 2 of the same source, the second footnote says, "Mostly 55-gallon steel drums containing trace contamination on paper towels, rags, clothing, glassware and laboratory equipment. On that same page, the third footnote says (referring to the Curies dumped column) that "Much of this would be gone now by normal radioactive decay."
I will change "the majority of which" to "much", so as to be closer to the source. --Stepheng3 (talk) 00:05, 25 July 2010 (UTC)

"A view of the Farallon Islands" is reversed left for right[edit]

The two houses should be to the left of the white rain cachment basin (as in "View of research station at Marine Terrace", or on Google Earth), not to the right. The original source is also reversed. Dstivers (talk) 23:18, 15 April 2012 (UTC)

Drake at Three Arch Rocks[edit]

The edits by author Ggitzen of 20 August 2012 places Drake’s 1579 visit to islands at Three Arch Rocks, south of Nehalem Bay, Oregon, rather than the accepted place of the Farallon Islands:

“It was formerly believed that the first European to record the islands was the English privateer Sir Francis Drake, who landed on the islands on 24 July 1579. He named them the Islands of Saint James, a name that now applies to only one of the rocky islets of the North Farallones. However; the Farallons are made up of 4 islands while maps of the time reflect 5 or 6. The Three Arch Rocks National Marine Reserve and neighboring Twin Rocks lying off of Rockaway Beach, Oregon corresponded with Drakes 5 or 6 islands. Meares in 1788 identified the Islands of St. James (as named by Drake) as 4 while Vancouver in 1792 identified them as 3 in number.[1]

This is a self-published work which does not present the accepted Drake course which includes Drakes Bay and the Farallon Islands. Fort Nehalem Publishing is the author’s press. www.whois.com lists www.fortnehalem.net with Garry Gitzen as Registrant, Administrative Contact and Technical Contact at ggitzen@nehalemtel.net.

Drake’s presence at the Farallon Islands has been formally recognized on two separate occasions by the National Park Service – in 1977[2] and 2012}}[3][4][5]MikeVdP (talk) 02:21, 17 October 2012 (UTC)

References

  1. ^ >Garry D. Gitzen (2008). Francis Drake in Nehalem Bay 1579, Setting the Historical Record Straight, by Garry D. Gitzen,. Fort Nehalem Publishing. p. 99. 
  2. ^ "Farallones, Farallone Islands, Los Farallones, Farallon Islands National Register of Historic Places Inventory – Nomination Form" (PDF). United States National Park Service, National Park Service. 1977. Retrieved October 16, 2012.  Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help); Unknown parameter |day= ignored (help)
  3. ^ "National Historic Landmark: Drakes Bay Historic and Archeological District Executive Summary" (PDF). United States National Park Service. Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ "National Historic Landmark: Drakes Bay Historic and Archeological District Nomination" (PDF). United States National Park Service. p. 6. Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ "National Park System Advisory Board Landmarks Committee Meeting November 8-10, 2011 Minutes" (PDF). Retrieved October 16, 2012. 

Sea stacks[edit]

Which are sea stacks ? Xb2u7Zjzc32 (talk) 16:33, 9 February 2014 (UTC)

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Viscaino expedition naming of islands[edit]

Due to the fact that the best documented, and most logical explanation of the naming of the islands appears to be the account provided from the Viscaino expedition, I have listed this account as the article's explanation of the naming of the islands. All alternative explanations provided seemed to be either self conflicting, or else without high quality source material. 2601:642:C000:96E0:83D:7A60:423A:DEE5 (talk) 23:04, 9 July 2017 (UTC)

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