From the Italian news site La Repubblica comes this disturbing story (with 15 graphic pictures) of a mass stranding of “manta” rays on a beach in the Palestinian territories. According to Google Translate, the caption reads something like “For now only remains a mystery. Difficult to determine the cause, but the scenario that occurred on . . . → Read More: Mysterious Mobula mass mortality
At the end of the F line in Coney Island, Brooklyn stand three of the city’s more venerable institutions: Nathan’s Hotdogs, the Cyclone roller coaster and the New York Aquarium, part of the Wildlife Conservation Society (once known as the NY Zoological Society). I like roller coasters and hotdogs (a little too much), but I . . . → Read More: Drink beer for Sandy relief
As a native Long Islander, I watched intently as Sandy made landfall. Offshore of NY Harbor, winds gusted up 70 mph and waves swelled to 32 feet in height. A 9ft Storm surge and large spring tides flooded downtown Manhattan. Waves battered the New York and New Jersey coasts. People died and entire communities were . . . → Read More: A recap of Hurricane Sandy: the ocean version
My marine debris buddy Nick Mallos of Ocean Conservancy pointed me to this beautiful animated model by Nikolai Maximenko and Jan Hafner of the University of Hawaii. This animation shows how wind affects the rate at which debris from the Japanese tsunami moves across the Pacific. It is a mathematical model that incorporates a great . . . → Read More: How wind-blown Japanese tsunami debris may move across the Pacific
Please enjoy this delightful piece of comment spam that we received at here at DSN. I’ve redacted the contact information but left the rest as is. Who wouldn’t trust Savy Pappy with a Fukushima reactor? I’m sending them $100,000 right now! American People, Global Community, Ladies and Gentlemen We are the Freedom consultants firm. [address]. . . . → Read More: Amazing Fukushima-related spam
Via Chris Rowan (@Allochthonous) on Twitter, comes this excellent and beautiful sequence of an ice arch collapsing in Antarctica.
Estimation of debris path created with OSCURS model. The colors are years after the tsunami. Click through for more information. Map courtesy of J. Churnside (NOAA OAR) and created through Google. Debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami is headed towards Hawaii and the North American west coast. For those concerned, several new sources of information . . . → Read More: Japanese tsunami debris link roundup
Some of these things are not like the other. Can you spot the Zombie worms? What’s the difference between a collection of Osedax “Zombie worms” and the 112th United States Congress? One is a population of spineless, sedentary, opportunistic life forms that thrive in darkness while devouring the bones of the dead. The other are . . . → Read More: When Far-Sighted Vision Meets Near-Sighted Politics or Zombie Worms For Congress!
From NOAA Visualizations on YouTube: The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season officially ends on Nov. 30 and produced a total of 19 tropical storms of which seven became hurricanes, including three major hurricanes. This level of activity matched NOAA’s predictions and continues the trend of active hurricane seasons that began in 1995. From Arlene to . . . → Read More: The 2011 Hurricane Season in 4.5 minutes
As you know by now, Hurricane Irene was pretty intense storm and it was HUGE! just check out the satellite image from NASA/Goddard. It was at least 1/3 the size of the whole US and affected areas on the coast of Florida through Maine, in addition to its prelude in Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. . . . → Read More: Hurricane Irene