Jaluit Atoll

The Unsinkable “Sinking Atolls” Meme

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I’ve written before about the study of Arthur Webb and Paul Kench regarding the fact that coral atolls are not being swallowed by rising seas. Their conclusion in that study was that the claims of sinking atolls were contradicted by the actual measurements of the islands in question. The measurements showed…

Freak wave that hit the Draupner E platform in the North Sea on 1st January 1995 Source: Wikimedia

Understanding rogue ocean waves may be simple after all

From the GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY An international team of scientists has developed a relatively simple mathematical explanation for the rogue ocean waves that can develop seemingly out of nowhere to sink ships and overwhelm oil platforms with walls of water as much as 25 meters high. The waves stem from a combination of constructive interference…

ambient and localized noise ocean

Of the Ears of Whales

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Whales are awe-inspiring creatures. When I was a kid, they used to bring in the whale carcasses to the rendering plant not far from my dad’s house, and a couple times I got to watch them winch the huge sperm whales from the catcher boats. A small kid next to an…