It can get rough out at sea. Riding upon her is not for the faint of heart or the easily distracted. Dagmar Aaen on her "Ocean Change" Expeditions by Arved Fuchs. Underway from Ushuaia Argentina to Piriapolis in Uruguay. Footage by Arved Fuchs, Felix Hellmann and Heimir Harðarson.
Eric King, of Eugene, Oregon went for a stroll on the beach Monday morning. He wasn't aware the tide was coming in until it was too late.
Luckily for him, he had a rock to stand on and a cell phone to call for help
"I don't really know how tides work," Eric said. "I was under the impression, which might be pretty ignorant of me, but I was under the impression that the moon had the major thing to do with the tides, so I thought tides were high at night. But, apparently, they have high tides during the day, too."
I been standin' on the rock, waitin' for the wind to blow I been standin' on the rock, waitin' for the wind to blow I been standin' on the rock, waitin' for my seeds to grow
PASADENA, Calif. -- A new NASA-French space agency oceanography satellite launched on June 20th from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on a globe-circling voyage to continue charting sea level, a vital indicator of global climate change. The mission will return a vast amount of new data that will improve weather, climate and ocean forecasts.
With a thunderous roar and fiery glow, the Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason 2 satellite arced through the blackness of an early central coastal California morning at 12:46 a.m. PDT, climbing into space atop a Delta II rocket. Fifty-five minutes later, OSTM/Jason 2 separated from the rocket's second stage, and then unfurled its twin sets of solar arrays. Ground controllers successfully acquired the spacecraft's signals. Initial telemetry reports show it to be in excellent health.
"Sea-level measurements from space have come of age," said Michael Freilich, director of the Earth Science Division in NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. "Precision measurements from this mission will improve our knowledge of global and regional sea-level changes and enable more accurate weather, ocean and climate forecasts."
Measurements of sea-surface height, or ocean surface topography, reveal the speed and direction of ocean currents and tell scientists how much of the sun's energy is stored by the ocean. Combining ocean current and heat storage data is key to understanding global climate variations. OSTM/Jason 2's expected lifetime of at least three years will extend into the next decade the continuous record of these data started in 1992 by NASA and the French space agency Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales, or CNES, with the TOPEX/Poseidon mission. The data collection was continued by the two agencies on Jason 1 in 2001. Continue reading here.
Photo credit: Carleton Bailie/United Launch Alliance June 20, 2008
In a while crocodile. Glug, glug, glug. Down she goes. THE Greek-flag, 6,395 gt general cargo ship Ice Prince, that was abandoned by its crew yesterday, sank early this morning in very rough weather about 26 miles south south east of the Portland Bill, England.
The Mighty "O" is no mo....as a ship that is, she is now the world's largest artificial reef. Navy divers detonated explosives aboard the ship this morning, sending the retired aircraft carrier to Davey Jone's locker. She is now 24 miles off Pensacola Beach and 212 feet underwater. The local honchos hope that she will boost the economy by becoming a prime destination for sport divers and fishermen.
Click the photo of the Mighty "O" to watch the dramatic video of her sinking.
A computer generated image of the Sea Orbiter designed by Frenchman Jacques Rougerie. An international scientific station, Sea Orbiter will drift across the oceans, driven by the current. Its mission is to observe and explore ocean life, to study the interactions between ocean and atmosphere and their impact on our climate. With a life expectancy of 15 years, Sea Orbiter will provide a new tool for multi-disciplinary scientific expeditions focusing on climate change, fish resources, viruses and bacteria.
I like the idea of this floating station. I wonder how well it would hold up in storms or big wave conditions?