Could the transmutation of chemical compounds and especially chemical elements during disastrous Electric Universe events on, in or above Earth have contributed to the catastrophic mass extinctions of life on our planet?
A report and new theory suggests that during or after the slightly mysterious Triassic, Devonian and Ordovician mass extinctions there were significant changes to the amount of the element selenium found in rocks under the ocean.
Even if there was not a physically violent 'Dooms Day' event that science and EU theory delights in, but some other form of EU event that involved an electromagnetic transmutating force of some kind, then this would perhaps be even worse. Mass extinction by stealth.
An increase in selenium in a specific thing like a plant, food or water to create selenium poisoning on an unsuspecting life form when it had not been toxic before?
Or catastrophic health issues for animals and humans?
Or reducing sperm count?
If EU theory events were responsible for these mass extinctions then what types could cause the transmutation of elements such as selenium?
Element selenium and Earth catastrophes?
Aussie scientists have presented a groundbreaking research that examines the cause of three mass extinctions, suggesting that major changes may have been affected by a lack of motion in the Earth’s crust. Ancient sedimentary rocks present in the seabed were examined using laser techniques to determine the levels of selenium – a trace element. Cobalt, zinc, manganese, copper, along with selenium, are considered vital for life.
The researchers plotted the changes in levels of selenium over a period of 600 million years and found that mass extinction events coincided with a sharp fall in selenium levels to one to two parts per million (ppm). The three least understood extinction events can now be better examined with these findings.
John Long, palaeontologist at Flinders University, said that the observations pointed to the key role of selenium in the Ordovician, Devonian and Triassic mass extinctions. “To solve a mass extinction event is like solving one of the biggest mysteries of science,” he told SMH. “But we are quite convinced this is a major factor.”
Scientists discover nutrient behind three mass extinctions | International Business Times
Selenium (Se) is one of the key trace elements required by all animal and most plant life, and Se deficiencies in the food chain cause pathologies or death. Here we show from new geochemical analyses of trace elements in Phanerozoic marine pyrite that sustained periods of severe Se depletion in the past oceans correlate closely with three major mass extinction events, at the end of the Ordovician, Devonian and Triassic periods. These represent periods of Se depletion > 1.5–2 orders of magnitude lower than current ocean abundances, being within the range to cause severe pathological damage in extant Se-reliant organisms. Se depletion may have been one of several factors in these complex extinction scenarios. Recovery from the depletion/extinction events is likely part of a natural marine cycle, although rapid rises in global oxygen from sudden major increases in marine productivity and plant biomass after each extinction event may also have played a crucial role.
Severe selenium depletion in the Phanerozoic oceans as a factor in three global mass extinction events | Science Direct
Selenium (Se) is found in the same periodic group as sulfur and, having similar structure and properties, takes sulfur’s place in amino acid bonds. Selenium is an essential element, and insufficient amounts of selenium appear to have just as detrimental an effect on the health of the animal as when an excessive dose causes toxicity within the organism. In fact, the necessity of selenium in the diet can be observed close to home at the U.C. Davis Goat Barn, where all goats are administered selenium routinely to prevent deficiency and its consequences. Nevertheless, the danger of selenium poisoning has been understood for centuries, and was first described by the famous explorer, Marco Polo, who realized that the hooves of his livestock disintegrated upon the consumption of certain plants. Selenium toxicity typically originates from ingestion of plants containing elevated amounts of the element, and symptoms include circling, lameness, bloating, gastrointestinal distress, respiratory failure, a staggering gait, loss of mane and tail, poor coat, salivation, paralysis, impairment of vision, emaciation, and abnormal hoof growth.
Elemental Toxicity in Animals - Selenium | Chem Wiki
Selenium has some rather interesting nutritional roles. It is essential in very small amounts for the health of both plants and animals. Animals that do not have enough selenium in their diets may develop weak muscles. But large doses of selenium are dangerous. In some parts of California, for example, selenium has been dissolved out of the soil by irrigation systems. Lakes accumulate unusually high levels of selenium and birds and fish in the area develop health problems.
A serious selenium problem occurred at the Kesterson Reservoir in Northern California. In the Late 1970s, scientists found that birds nesting in the reservoir were developing genetic deformities. They traced the problem to high levels of selenium in the water. A large artificial lake was built and the birds were moved to the artificial lake. They were no longer allowed to nest in the dangerous waters of the reservoir.
Health effects - selenium | Chemistry Explained
Selenium and other antioxidants play an essential role in how your body makes certain proteins found in sperm. One study suggested that selenium supplements might improve male fertility in men who had low levels of selenium. However, high levels of selenium are associated with decreased sperm motility.
Male Infertility - Selenium | University of Maryland Medical Center
In 1997, a Scottish research trial found selenium to be a particularly important nutrient in over coming male infertility. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 96 men were divided into eight groups. All of them received either a composite tablet containing selenium and selected vitamins and minerals (Bio-Selenium + Zinc) or a placebo tablet, to be taken daily for a period of three months. The sperm quality was recorded before and after the study. Results showed an apparent 80% increase in sperm motility in the treated group and when they stopped taking the tablet, their sperm motility also weakened.
How does selenium affect sperm quality? | More Sperm
Both zinc and selenium have been shown to reduce oxidative stress in developing sperm, thereby improving sperm quality. A study published in the February 2009 issue of “Nutrition Research” showed that low zinc levels in semen correlated with lower sperm counts and a higher degree of abnormal sperm morphology – size, shape, tail length and other characteristics. Likewise, the January 2011 edition of the “International Journal of General Medicine” reported that selenium in a daily dose of 200 mcg improved sperm morphology and motility and boosted spontaneous pregnancy rates among partners of infertile men.
Improved Quality - The Effects of Selenium & Zinc on Spermatogenesis | Live Strong
Element selenium information
Similar to the element silicon/silica it is needed as a trace element for animals yet is suggested to be used by plants as a natural defensive against grazing animals. Or is it used to attract them or certain types of animals?
Selenium was and is also used as a semiconductor. Its electrical properties are light sensitive so it is used photocells and photographic processes.