Saturday, February 7, 2009

Aquatic This and That

Google Ocean! Science Friday! Sylvia Earle!

Yes- all three of those friends-of-the-aquatic came together yesterday on the radio. Check out NPR's Science Friday edition, and listen to the podcast here. While Dan (also a friend-of-the-aquatic) did not seem too enthusiastic about the show (no, sadly it was not about whales) perhaps others will share in my enthusiasm.


In other aquatic (but not marine) news: I finally finished Marc Reisner's compelling book, Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water. I am now fascinated and frightened by the prospect of water politics and water rights in our country. Did anyone know that over 600 people died when the St. Francis Dam collapsed in the 1920s in California? Me neither (either?). Just one of many largely-unrevealed facts about the history of water development in the United States which Reisner articulately exposes. If I ever got around to doing that "GoodReads" thing, I'd recommend this one highly.