Sunday, January 9, 2011

Wave action

Mad Rocks - I don't know what I like more, the name of this place or the actual spot.

Here is an extraordinary quote from The Wave as part of Susan Casey's research: When Simon Day analyzed his research, he was stunned: the model showed that when this land(a small volcanic island in the Canary Islands)dropped into the ocean, the resulting splash wave would be three thousand feet high and generate a tsunami that would hit the Caribbean, North and South America. By the time it arrived at the U.S East coast nine hours later, the wave would still top one hundred feet.

Apparently volcanic eruptions have weakened this island and there is a concern the next eruptions could cause a section of the island weighing 500 billion tons to be lost from the main body of the island.

This kind of wave research gives new perspective to our understanding of wave and water mechanics.

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