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Salvaging a microSD card

Opening up a watertight box and finding this inside is never encouraging.

This box was likely dragged up to 2 meters below the water’s surface for several hours during a maybe-historic rainfall and outflow event in Los Penasquitos Lagoon in San Diego during April 2020. Photo by Shane Finnerty.

The toxic soup trapped inside the box wasn’t doing any favors to the batteries or electronics, and the data logger was dead on arrival. But we pulled the microSD card to see if … Continue Reading