Friday, January 27, 2006

The High Seas

As a child, my most exciting travel experiences were undoubtedly on ships. we used to board at Mombasa or Dar es Salaam and cross the Indian Ocean, passing the Seychelles, Mauritius and "Ceylon" too on the way to Madras. Then back again. Weeks of travelling either way - but what glorious fun!

Nowadays, when thinking of the oceans, our concerns are more about el nino, la nina and the global warming that melts ice caps, raising sea levels. The murky depths hide voracious sharks and other unnameable terrors. Vague fears of sudden, devastating tsunamis lurk in the corners of our imagination.

But, if I had my druthers, I would always prefer to sail in search of magical islands and pristine lagoons on the ever mysterious high seas.


Anonymous said...

what are those red, yellow, green, blue areas. They represent depth or warmth?

Unknown said...

if u click on the heading, it takes u to the jpl site with the legend. i think the reds r warmer and blues colder...

Anonymous said...

Wonder how I missed JPL site so far! Tnx, sam. The colors denote sea-surface height anomalies. Red being maximum positive height and violet maximum negative height compared to what the heights should be normally.


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