Posted by: Michael Ritter PhD | May 31, 2006

News Roundup

Tropical forests unprotected, survey finds
“Almost all the world’s tropical forests remain effectively unprotected even though two-thirds have been designated for some sort of preservation over the past two decades, according to a new survey.”
Read article at MSNBC
[TPE Link: “Tropical forests“]

Why geography curses Indonesia — and always will
“The powerful earthquake that hit Indonesia was just the latest display of violent seismic activity on the archipelago, which stretches across one of the most unstable parts of the Earth’s surface.”

“The country’s position on the planet’s crust means it will continue to experience such catastrophes, just as it has done for the past 50 million years or so, according to seismologists.”
Read article at Yahoo News
[TPE Link: “Plate boundaries and earthquakes

An Autopsy of Katrina: Four Storms, Not Just One
“Most people believe that a single Category 3 hurricane, Katrina, devastated New Orleans on Aug. 29 of last year. The flood protection system for the New Orleans area was designed to protect the city from a direct hit by a fast-moving Category 3 storm.”

“Yet Hurricane Katrina, a Category 4 storm that did not strike the city directly, overwhelmed systems in dozens of places and cost more than 1,500 lives and billions in property damage.”

“Why? In part, say experts who studied the disaster, because the hurricane was more like four storms — at least — that battered the area in different ways. They say the system in New Orleans was flawed from the start because the model storm it was designed to stop was simplistic, and led to an inadequate network of levees, flood walls, storm gates and pumps.”
Read article at NY Times (login may be required)
[TPE Link: “Hurricanes“]

Deep-Sea Volcano Erupts on Film — A First
“Billowing ash plumes, molten sulfur droplets, feisty shrimp feasting on fish killed by noxious gases, red lava jetting from a vent—they’re all part of the action recently filmed at an underwater volcano in the western Pacific Ocean.”
Read article at National Geographic
[TPE Link: “Volcanic Processes and Landforms

Predators, humans sharing habitats a volatile mix
“Attacks on humans by alligators, bears, mountain lions and other predators are extremely rare, but some wildlife experts say they could become more common as people and animals encroach on each others’ habitats.”
Read article at CNN
[TPE Link: “Habitat Degradation and Human Activity“]

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