From Discovery: “Huge, Slow-Moving ‘Internal’ Waves Wreak Havoc”


Discovery News
Discovery News

Feb 6, 2015

Oceanographer Rob Pinkel unpacked crates of scientific instruments this week aboard the 272-foot research vessel Falkor while docked in the port of Hobart, on the island of Tasmania. He checked the weather and made preparations along with several dozen other scientific crew members to hunt for an elusive ocean phenomenon, massive “internal waves” that are born on the tidal straits of New Zealand, chug across the Tasman Sea, and bounce off the coastline of Tasmania.


“We are expecting to see a large wave in the interior of the Tasman Sea crossing and hitting the slopes of Tasmania,” said Pinkel, a physical oceanographer from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. “We have some specialized instruments that can see what’s going on in a pretty fast time scale.”

Compared to fast-moving, wind-driven surface waves, internal waves are lumbering giants that can grow to more than 2,000 feet high…

View original post 500 more words

Pop, pop, and poppety pop.


A friend once turned to me on a day that had no mercy in it and said, “you’re right, there is no God.” We were both watching something slowly unfolding, something cold and just petrifying cruel which couldn’t be stopped by either of us. We couldn’t exert any control over it, we could only watch; emasculated observers at the final end of world extinction event of any residual hope about how low us human beings could really get. Pop, there they go, pop, pop, another couple of the buggers. Pop, pop, and poppety pop and yet a few more of them.

At the time and in a vague distracted sort of way, it broke my heart to see him lose his faith, because I loved him as only one man can love another and I’d always somehow relied on him to be the last unwavering believer in some sort of floor of decency that none of…

View original post 1,360 more words