gCaptain brought my attention to cruise ship rather unfortunate encounter with the Drake Passage. For those who don’t know, the Drake Passage is the hell hole between the tip of South America and the Antarctica Peninsula infamous for the roughest seas in the world. Go ahead type “roughest seas in the world” into Google, . . . → Read More: Cruise ship encounters heavy seas in Drake Passage
Undoubtedly you have heard that dogs can sense earthquakes before the tremors occur. While anecdotes are common, experimental evidence supporting these claims remains elusive. The USGS in the 1970′s even examined the ability of animals for prediction “but nothing concrete came out of [these experiments]“. Cueing on changes in the weather is frequent among . . . → Read More: Can Sea Snakes Predict The Future? What About Hurricanes? Lottery Numbers?
The Indonesia tsunami event was generated by a Mw 7.7 earthquake (3.484°S, 100.114°E ), at 14:42:22 UTC, 240 km (150 miles) W of Bengkulu, Sumatra, Indonesia (according to the USGS). In a little under 2 hours, the tsunami was first recorded at DART® buoy 56001 and in a little under 3 hours, the tsunami . . . → Read More: NOAA maps October 25th Indonesian tsunami
And to end you day on a uber-depressing note, sure to give you at least some nightmares Scientists studying Caribbean reefs say that 2010 may be the worst year ever for coral death there. Abnormally warm water since June appears to have dealt a blow to shallow and deep-sea corals that is likely to . . . → Read More: Caribbean Coral Die-Off Could Be Worst Ever
I guess I need to start planning my trip Houston Many of us take for granted the notion that all of our beloved cities will be around for centuries to come. However, cities around the world seem to be vying for the title of “The Next Atlantis.” Shaky foundations and encroaching seas are posing significant . . . → Read More: 7 Cities About to Sink
In Durham, I am nearly 2-3 hours from the North Carolina coast. With relation to Earl, the local forecast is that this far inland we are unlikely to see any rain and a just a moderate breeze. As of 7:45 am this morning the eye was 475 miles from Durham, yet the outer fingers of . . . → Read More: You Sure Are a Big Fella Earl
Photo copyright Anna Linda Photography 2010: http://annalindaphoto.zenfolio.com/. My wife snapped this pic of the finger of Hurricane Earl over our home in Wilmington, NC. These preceding clouds look innocent and quite beautiful and serene, but belie a more destructive force around the corner. Long time residents of the coastal south see these and know it . . . → Read More: Calm Before the Storm
Looks like KZ and I might be getting a visit from Earl later this week.
An occasional series where we briefly report 3 new studies and tell you why they are cool! ———————————- Symphurus sp. collected from Macauley Volcano; scale is 5 cm long. Courtesy M. Clark (NIWA). The western Pacific is broken land, plates are crashing every which way creating earthquakes and volcanoes from Russian Kamchatka to New Zealand. . . . → Read More: The Tide Pool: Divergent Flatfish, Eavesdropping Fiddler Crabs, Hurricanes Kill Urchins