Monthly Archives: January 2010

Riding the Storm Out

The lead editorial in Thursday’s LA Daily News urges “folks (to) take the matter (of collecting storm water) into their own hands.” This is a topic that could be difficult – if not impossible – for the “rugged individual” to …
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Shadow Lake

This is Shadow Lake, one of the lakes in the headwaters of the San Joaquin River. The photo was taken in summer time. I wonder what it looks like today, after several feet of snow.

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My Hypothesis on Global Warming

Refer to this recent article from The American Thinker: http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/01/global_warming_and_the_science.html This article describes the official “Scientific Method,” which has its basis in experimentation. We face a great challenge with the science surrounding “Climate Change:” it’s difficult to develop and execute …
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Vista del Lago

I’m running a bit late today, so nothing controversial or technical. Just a nice photo from the California Department of Water Resources showing Pyramid Lake. The shot is taken from the Vista del Lago Visitor Center on Interstate 5 about …
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Some Not-So-Vicious Cycles

As we examine the Earth around us, we see many “cycles.” These are predictable pathways that see certain kinds of matter changing from one form to another – and eventually returning to some original form, only to begin the journey …
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Seems It Never Rains in Southern California

In 1972, Albert Hammond released a song entitled “It Never Rains in Southern California.” Oddly enough, I hear this song in my head when it’s actually raining. That’s not due to the title, but instead to another line in the …
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The "Watched Pot" of Planet Earth

Yesterday we looked at one of the characteristics that makes water so unusual and unique: its surface tension. Today we will take a look at another unusual characteristic of water: its heat of vaporization. And we’ll see how this characteristic …
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I Sense A Little Tension In The Room

Follow this link to a very interesting and entertaining video clip on water drops:http://www.flixxy.com/water-drop.htmWhy do water drops form into spheres? Why aren’t they flat instead? The short answer is “surface tension.” But what is it about water that causes this …
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The Trouble Is Not Over in Haiti

The dire situation in Haiti is on everyone’s mind. It is truly an epic tragedy, with tens of thousands killed. And the worst may be yet to come. According to a Fox News report from last Thursday, athttp://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,583063,00.html“The second wave …
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Less Friction, More Pressure

As I have related in a couple of recent blogs, I recently had my house re-piped. Old galvanized pipe was replaced with a combination of hard copper and “PEX” plastic tubing. PEX is a form of polyethylene (PE) with additional …
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Groundwater’s Safe Yield

How would you determine the volume – in gallons, cubic feet, or acre-feet – of water in a regularly-shaped reservoir? If the reservoir was rectangular, you would need to know the length and width of the reservoir, plus the depth …
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Does This Remind You of Anyone?

The mechanical shark that was used in the movie “Jaws” was called “Bruce,” named in honor of Steven Spielberg”s attorney. This particular shark — who is not an attorney, and whose name is unknown to me — is not mechanical, …
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Tap Water or Bottled Water?

Sometimes it’s hard to make decisions. “Paper or plastic?” at the grocery store is a common choice to be made. Which one is better? There are valid arguments for and against both options. I usually select whatever the person doing …
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Death to the Respirators!

Do you want the Earth to be destroyed? Does anyone? Really? Is there one single sane person on this planet that really, really wants to destroy the Earth? Of course not. But that’s not how the debate on global warming …
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Name That Water!

term cash loans I’m pretty booked today, with my household re-piping project being completed (I hope!) So today we have a quiz. Can you name this body of water? As a hint, it is viewed by thousands of people every …
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