The High Seas

January 27, 2006 at 12:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

As a child, my best travel experiences were undoubtedly experienced on ships. we used to board at 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. Vague fears of sudden, devastating tsunamis lurk in the corners of our imagination.

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


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

  2. 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…

  3. 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.

  4. Hello!
    I live very near the cold Dutch sea, the one that is threatening to arise above the obstacles built to keep it from sweeping over our low lands. We foolishly live under the sea level and keep on elevating the obstacles. It has worked until now. Maybe it’s a metafor for some aspect of life.

    • Odile, wow, I’d actually not thought of Holland and GW with the rise in the oceans already happening! Are there any viable solutions in sight? I certainly hope so! It’s also interesting that the height of the oceans locally is affected most by the temperature of the water underneath!

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