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Looking for Water on Earth

Posted by feww on November 18, 2009

Never Mind Water on the Moon

Image of the Day: Please, can we have some more water?

Her’s another egregious example of science gone awry from its intended purpose of serving humanity. At a time when socially blind NASA “elites” are spending tens of billions of dollars of taxpayer money playing space invaders, bombing the moon and looking for water, people are perishing from the lack of water here on Earth, abandoned by science.


A villager walks in the partially dried-up Mahanadi river in the eastern Indian state of Orissa, November 17, 2009. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder. Image may be subject to copyright.

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Strong Quakes Strikes Bhutan

Posted by feww on September 21, 2009

Magnitude 6.1 [possibly 6.4] Earthquake Strikes East of Thimphu, Bhutan

Strong earthquake measuring 6.1 to 6.4 Mw struck Bhutan 135 km NNW of Gauhati, Assam, India

Bhutan is a small landlocked country located at the eastern end of the Himalaya Mountains in South Asia, bordered by India  (south, east and west) and China (north).

The quake caused landslides blocking roads to mountanous regions, killing about a dozen people and destroying a few homes and a monstary in the nearby Tashigang district, according to media reports.

The quake was felt in Assam state, NW India, which borders Bhutan, but there were no reports of damage there, as of posting.

Bhutan
Map of Bhutan with the approximate position of the EQ marked.

Summary from: European-Mediterranean Seismological Center
Magnitude: Mw 6.4
Region: BHUTAN

Date time: 2009-09-21 at 08:53:06.0 UTC
Location: 27.47 N ; 91.48 E
Depth: 10 km
Distances:

  • 45 km NW Guwahati (pop 899,094 ; local time 14:23 2009-09-21)
  • 99 km NW Tangla (pop 17,724 ; local time 14:23 2009-09-21)
  • 12 km S Trashiyangtse (pop 3,025 ; local time 14:53 2009-09-21)

EQ Details:  GFZ Potsdam – Earthquake Bulletin
Region: Bhutan
Time: 2009-09-21 08:53:06.3 UTC
Magnitude: 6.1
Epicenter: 91.46°E 27.34°N
Depth: 18 km
Status: manually revised

10-degree Map Centered at 25°N,90°E

locmap bhutan
EQ Location Map. Original map: USGS

Source of EQ Data: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Magnitude: 6.1
Date-Time:

  • Monday, September 21, 2009 at 08:53:05 UTC
  • Monday, September 21, 2009 at 02:53:05 PM at epicenter

Location: 27.352°N, 91.424°E
Depth:  10 km (6.2 miles)
Region: BHUTAN
Distances:

  • 135 km (85 miles) NNW of Gauhati, Assam, India
  • 180 km (110 miles) E of THIMPHU, Bhutan
  • 615 km (380 miles) NNE of Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal, India

Location Uncertainty:  horizontal +/- 6.1 km (3.8 miles)
Parameters NST=134, Nph=134, Dmin=>999 km, Rmss=1.02 sec, Gp= 22°, M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=8

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Selecte Environmental Headlines: US Election Special

Posted by feww on November 5, 2008

Sen Barack Obama Elected US 44th President

In the carefully choreographed 2008 US presidential election, Sen Barack Obama was elected as the 44th US President by a total of 338 Electoral votes [as of Wednesday Nov. 5, 12:00am EST] against his opponent, the former Vietnam “war criminal” pilot, Sen McCain, who had only scored 155 Electoral Votes. (Source)

Proposition 7 fails by a wide margin

Proposition 7, a California ballot measure calling for a large increase in the share of renewable power to 50% of electricity generation by 2025 appears to have failed by a wide margin. The measure proposed an annual 2 percent increase in the use of renewable sources for electricity generation reaching 50 percent by 2025. [Currently, only about 13 percent of California’s power comes from renewable sources.]

Opponents said that the measure would constrict the expansion of renewable power generation in California. (source)

Bhopal Water Pollution Case Reinstated

A lawsuit brought on behalf of people of Bhopal, India, contending that thousands of residents and workers were exposed to polluted drinking water after the 1984 Union Carbide factory in Bhopal exploded releasing toxic-gas, was reinstated by a U.S. appeals court.

Known as the world’s worst industrial disaster, the poorly maintained Union Carbide pesticide factory exploded on December 3, 1984 spewing deadly gas through streets of the central Indian town killing about 15,000 people and injuring at least 100,000. (Source)

Oh Canada!

A report by the Conference Board of Canada on the country’s environmental health placed Canada 15th among a total of 17 studied for environmental problems. The report identified Canada’s worst problems as

  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Excessive garbage production
  • Extensive waste of fresh water.

Only Australia and the United States fared worse. Sweden topped the list. (Source)

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Deluge Across the World

Posted by feww on July 30, 2008

Water, Water Everywhere!

“A Conspiracy Against the Public”: For reasons unknown to Moderators, Google has blocked this post.

In the past week dozens of world’s cities and regions have been flooded:

Romania: Areas north of Bucharest
Ukraine: Western Ivano-Frankivsk region
India:
Western city of Ahmedabad, the plains of Asam, eastern city of Patna


People make their way along a flooded park in Xiangfan, Hubei province, China, July 23, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer. Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair use Notice!

Bangladesh:
Northeastern regions
New Zealand:
Various areas throughout the islands
South Korea:
Seoul and the country’s central regions
UK: Shropshire, West Midlands
Mexico: City of Matamoros and nearby regions
United States: Southern Texas, New Mexico, central Alabama, northeast Missouri,
China: Provinces of Jiangsu, Hubei, Sichuan and Hualien

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Lonar Crater

Posted by feww on April 16, 2008

Lonar Crater, India

India’s Lonar Crater began causing confusion soon after it was identified in 1823 by a British officer named C.J.E. Alexander. Lonar Crater sits inside the Deccan Plateau—a massive plain of volcanic basalt rock leftover from eruptions some 65 million years ago. Its location in this basalt field suggested to some geologists that it was a volcanic crater. Today, however, Lonar Crater is understood to result from a meteorite impact that occurred between 35,000 and 50,000 years ago.

The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) flying on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this image of Lonar Crater on November 29, 2004. In this simulated-true-color image, pink-beige indicates bare ground, blue and off-white indicate human-made structures, dark blue indicates water, green indicates vegetation, and dull purple indicates fallow fields. A vegetation-lined lake fills the crater, one of the few natural features of this scene. Signs of human habitation surround the lake, especially the cluster of blue and off-white points to its immediate northeast. Outside of this settlement, the vicinity is a patchwork of agricultural fields.

Lonar Crater is approximately 150 meters (500 feet) deep, with an average diameter of almost 1,830 meters (6,000 feet). The crater rim rises roughly 20 meters (65 feet) above the surrounding land surface. Scientists established Lonar’s status as an impact crater based on several lines of evidence, perhaps the most compelling being the presence of maskelynite. Maskelynite is a kind of naturally occurring glass that is only formed by extremely high-velocity impacts. A Science article published in 1973 pointed out this material’s presence, and suggested that the crater’s situation in volcanic basalt made it a good analogue for impact craters on the surface of the Moon.

References

  • Fredriksson, K., Dube, A., Milton, D.J., Balasundaram, M.D. (1973). Lonar Lake, India: An impact Crater in basalt. Science. 180, 862-864.
  • Khagol Mandal. Lonar Meteoritic Crater. Accessed April 11, 2008.
  • Wikipedia. Deccan Plateau. Accessed April 11, 2008.

NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using data provided courtesy of NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team. Caption by Michon Scott.

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