Mars, coral reefs, quicksand, moons of Pluto and sea level rise that is not rising very much

15 Jul 2012

Lovely images of Mars - polar ice cliffs, gullies, craters, and dunes - go to http://phys.org/print261381810.html ... with links to HiRISE web site and more images.

The doomsaying myth about global warming destroying coral reefs has taken a pounding by the discovery that it is viruses that caused some reefs to decline (see http://phys.org/print261244942.html) but adds, for funding reasons I suppose, 'corals are known to face various environmental threats, such as warming temperatures ...'

Meanwhile, at http://phys.org/print261303013.html ... research on non-Newtonian fluids (quicksand is given as an example) have found they harden as a result of particles suspended in the liquid temporarily mashing together, creating a near solid. Why is something else.

At www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2012/07/image-of-the-day-new-5th-moon-of-p...

Finally, at http://notrickszone.com/2012/07/13/german-survey-of-recent-scientific-li... ... is a survey of both hemispheres and the finding is that sea level rise is proceeding at a very slow rate - and here is the rub, 'and has yet to reach the medieval peak ...'. Not only that, at www.nature.com/news/source-found-for-missing-water-in-sea-level-rise-1.1... ... the rise in seal level that has occurred is partly due to man-made reasons such as the extraction of ground water for irrigation, industrial purposes, and domestic ablutions etc.