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I never would have predicted this one

Thursday, July 21, 2005

They say Elvis is dead too.....

Well, the party poopers are doing their thing on the discovery of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker down I-40 from Memphis in the Big Woods. The Uneasy Chair and Sphere have all the links you'd ever want. It'll be interesting to see how this one plays out... but as we know here in Memphis, just because they say Elvis isn't around, it doesn't mean that thousands of fans won't show up here every August anyway. I say let the Lord God Bird live!
The Creepiest Sound You'll Hear Today
Want to hear the sound of the earth splitting apart? That's what you'll hear on this mp3 link from Columbia University. This is how the Earth Institute at Columbia puts it..
When the sea floor off the coast of Sumatra split on the morning of December 26, 2004, it took days to measure the full extent of the rupture. Recently, researchers at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory analyzed recordings of the underwater sound produced by the magnitude 9.3 earthquake. Their unique approach enabled them to track the rupture as it moved along the Sumatra-Andaman Fault, raising the possibility that scientists could one day use the method to track underwater earthquakes in near real time and opening new avenues in seismologic research
It takes a few seconds to hear anything, but when it gets going, you'll hear the power of the earth. Truly awsome.


Anonymous pablo said...

Well, maybe those naysayers about the Ivory Billed Woodpecker are merely showing how well the scientific method works. Scientific observations must be repeatable, and should that happen, it will give more credence to the original claim. If it can't be repeated, then the original claim will need to be reassessed. I thinks it's healthy and vigorous debate that makes science a success, unlike the blanket assertions without testable foundations that "the other side" insists on.

Here in Missouri, the rumor was that the state conservation department dismissed sightings of mountain lions for many years, not because the sightings weren't credible, but because if they did acknowledge the presence of mountain lions in the state, a good deal of the department's budget would have to be re-allocated to develop new programs for the varmint. There were a lot of entrenched interests that didn't want to see their budgets diminished, so there was a lot of denial for a long time. At least that's the rumor.

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