Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Field trip to Chernobyl

An interesting article from the BBC on how scientists are studying the area near the site of the Chernobyl nuclear accident.

We will be discussing nuclear power later; this is a good example of the long-term effects of a serious nuclear accident 25 years ago.

Snow in the Desert!

Check out this picture. It is snow in the desert.

And not any desert, the Atacama Desert -- the driest place on the Earth. Some parts get less than 3 mm of rain in a year! (The area of the picture gets a huge ;) 50 mm per year)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Amu Darya

HERE is a report on the Amu Darya River in Central Asia.

The Amu Darya river is the longest river empties into the Aral Sea. The Aral Sea is one of the biggest environmental disasters the world has seen. I discuss it in this blog post .