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January 5, 2020

Donate to Help Australia – and I’ll Send You an Aussie Postcard

I moved to Australia last year, and I am very happy and proud to be living in this incredible country. Recently, my heart has been breaking as I hear about the Australian bushfires, which are catastrophic and have grown much worse over the past couple of weeks. The extreme nature of the fires is no doubt due to climate change, as explained, for example, here and here. I live in …

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February 10, 2014

Monday Geology Picture(s): More Views of the Shipwreck on Noordhoek Beach, South Africa

A few weeks ago I featured a picture of the S. S. Kakapo shipwreck on Noordhoek Beach in the Cape Town, South Africa, area for my “Monday Geology Picture” post. Yesterday my husband and I took a walk along Noordhoek Beach, which is quite a long beach. Walking from the parking lot at one end of the beach to the shipwreck at the other end of the beach takes about …

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January 20, 2014

Monday Geology Picture: Shipwreck on Noordhoek Beach, South Africa

Sometimes, manmade objects become part of the geological landscape. For example, on Noordhoek (which means “North Corner”, in Dutch and Afrikaans) Beach near Cape Town, South Africa, there is a shipwreck at one end of the beach. Two rusted boilers and a ring of metal ribs– sticking up out of the sand like a picket fence– are all that remain of the S. S. Kakapo, a New Zealand steamship that …

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