December 12th, 2007

Cruising the Coastal Waters

The Children of the Sea
The long-distance cruising kayaks that we are so familiar with began to make their appearance in large numbers upon the West Coast of North America around the year 1985.

Seemingly overnight, ocean kayaking centers began to spring up and increasing numbers of cruising kayaks were to be seen in and about the bays and estuaries of the West Coast of the United States and Canada. These touring boats were much larger than their brothers of the river, being usually fifteen to twenty feet in length and capable of carrying one, two or even three people with adequate supplies over long distances in safety and relative comfort.
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Extrasolar Planets

First Sunset outside Our Solar System Glimpsed
Traces of a distant extrasolar planet's hazy red sunset have been detected for the first time.

Astronomers pointed the Hubble Space Telescope HD 189733b, a gaseous Jupiter-like world about 63 light-years from Earth, as it passed in front of its parent star to catch a glimpse of the planet's atmosphere.
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Quote of the Day

“The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.”
-Woodrow Wilson (1856 - 1924)-

Image of the Day


The submersible Alvin investigates the Cayman Trough, a transform boundary on the floor of the western Caribbean Sea. Alvin, which began operation in 1964, was the first deep-sea submersible capable of carrying passengers.