Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Underwater Museum In Egypt

According to National Geographic, there has been plans to built an underwater museum near the new Library Of Alexandria. In September the UNESCO told that they would send a specialised team that would check if an underwater museum could be built, if it's possible then the UNESCO will help fund the construction.

Under the Mediterranean sea there are thousands of artifacts including parts that are believed to be of the ancient Pharos Of Alexandria. You can also see remnants of the Palace of Cleopatra that was formerly situated on an island in one of the largest human-made bays, but this was destroyed during an earthquake in the fourth century A.D.

Jacques Rougerie will be the lead architect and has already designed a building

Rougerie has designed a building with four tall structures shaped like the sails of fellucas, the sailboats that have journeyed the Nile since ancient times. These glass sails represent the four points of a compass and are illuminated with blue light in Rougerie's illustrations.

Underwater Museum Egypt

Will this damage The Artifacts?

The museum will be built for educational reason and was a result of the 2001 UNESCO convention for the preservation of underwater heritage.

Reports says that building just above the artifacts could damage them, this of course will make the construction more difficult, but this still has to be examined. If the UNESCO report is positive, engineers think the museum could be built in three years. Nobody knows how much the project will cost.

The Egyptian authorities hope that this project will help to boost the tourism industry and the city's current landscape.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Hurricane Ike Costs $22 Billion

The devastating Hurricane Ike has finally stopped his path of destruction and will be remembered as one of the most destructive hurricanes after hurricane Katrina (2005) and hurricane Andrew (1992). It will not only be one of the most destructive, but also one of the most costliest says Jeff Masters, director of Weather Underground, a private commercial forecasting service according Masters the cost could reach a whopping $22 billion.

Hurricane Ike first reached land at Galveston at about 3 a.m. and was a category 3 hurricane with winds going as fast as 110 miles ph (177 km). The storm had the size of Texas and hit Louisiana and Texas.

After hurricane Ike went across Cuba with 145 miles, it weakened and spread out a bit. Forecasts said that the hurricane could have recovered and even reach a Category 4, but luckily it didn't. If hurricane Ike would have reached Category 4 the damage would be even greater.
Hurricane Ike killed 34 people and rescue workers are still trying to reach some coastal residents.

Masters said:

Although the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season still has more than two months remaining, the rampage of Hurricane Ike and earlier storms that formed in the same area this summer may prevent future storms in the Gulf of Mexico and the Straits of Florida from becoming as powerful as they might otherwise have been.

Hurricane Ike damage

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Hurricane Ike Bringing Certain Death

The giant hurricane Ike reached the coast of Texas, the hurricane is moving from 10 -15 mph with winds surpassing the130 mph. Texas City, Seabrook and LaPorte have a huge risk of being flooded by the 9-20 foot water levels. Reports say that Galveston Island and Port Arthur are already being flooded and the water is still rising. The authorities have issued a 'Certain Death' warning

"Persons not heeding evacuation orders in single-family, one- or two-story homes may face certain death. … Widespread and devastating personal property damage is likely elsewhere."

Hurricane Ike like many others feed on the heat released when hot air rises, which then results in condensation. Depending on their location and strength hurricanes are also called Typhoons, Tropical Storms, Cyclones, Tropical Depressions, ...
The structure of a hurricane

Some people say that more hurricanes are being created, because of our sudden climate change, when the oceans get warmer the hurricanes get bigger. The rise of hurricanes that are being formed will result in millions of dollars of damage and in human life which is totally unacceptable.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Antarctic Salamander-Like Predator Fossil Found

A giant fossil of a salamander like predator who lived 240 million years ago has been found in Antarctica. Back then Antarctica wasn't that cold, like it's now. This made it possible for the salamander like creature to survive.

The Kryostega Collinsoni as it's called was one of the largest animals walking on Antarctica and lived during the middle Triassic Period (251 to 199 million years ago). The Kryostega is related to the salamander and the frog, it resembled a modern crocodile, despite it being an amphibious creature and not a reptile. Kryostega's side teeth were about 1.2 inches (3 centimeters) tall and about the size of an adult humans pinky finger (you can clearly see the teeth on the picture above). Some of its palate teeth were nearly twice as thick and grew up to 1.6 inches (4 centimeters) in height.

These amphibions are part of lineage of amphibious creatures called temnospondyls which had tiny teeth attached to their palates. The Kryostega mainly stayed close to the water and fed on fish and other amphibions.

As said before Antarctica wasn't the place we know now, all of the continents were still attached together and formed one super continent called Pangaea, which had a relative warm climate. In that period the dinosaurs didn't exist yet, but their ancestors the dinosauromorphs already roamed the Earth.

This fossil is a really great find and will help scientists to shed light on the little known history of Antarctica.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Fossil Forrests Disappeared By Global Warming

A huge tract of fossil rain forest has been discovered in underneath the US Midwest. They have discovered not only one forest, but 6 tracts of rain forest that are about two millions years old. They are the earliest forests ever to appear on earth.

Most of the forests are stacked up and date back to eras before and just after intense global warming. It was a time where the earth climate changed alot, from being covered with icecaps (it was even possible to walk from the US to Europe, because the North Pole was connected to the two continents) to a greenhouse state which had a tropical like climate.

The fossilized plants suggest sudden dramatic change occurred, with dense vegetation and trees up to 40 meters (130 feet) high being largely replaced by tree fern species says Falcon-Lang leader of the University of Bristol in the U.K.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Cute little Monkey

cute monkey

A cute little monkey ;D

The Monkey Disguised as the Devil XD

Monday, September 1, 2008

Hurricane Gustav coming

If you live in the area where hurrican gustave is coming , then I would close myself !