Friday, January 27, 2006

Something makes no sense


ocean expression #3
Originally uploaded by mistubako.
I'm not all that bright, but the following news just didn't sit right with me:
JAKARTA, Indonesia - A magnitude-7.7 undersea earthquake rocked eastern Indonesia early Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There was no danger of a tsunami, and no injuries were reported.

The earthquake occurred in the Banda Sea about 120 miles south of Ambon city, the USGS said. It occurred at a depth of 212 miles.
A depth of 212 miles? Huh? The deepest part of the ocean isn't that deep? Or did I sleep during that portion of science? Perhaps it was a misprint?

I checked all the sources reporting the news on the internet. They all had the depth of 212 miles... if they reported the depth at all...

Hummm... Perhaps I'm an idiot. Then, I found this:
Deep-sea trenches are the deepest parts of the ocean. The deepest one, the Marianas Trench in the South Pacific Ocean, is more than 35,000 feet (10,668 meters), or almost 6.6 miles (10.6 kilometers) deep. A Navy-owned submarine, the Trieste, still holds the record for diving to the bottom of the deepest part of the Marianas Trench, the Challenger Deep, on January 23,1960.
Well, that sounds more like what I remember. So, how'd they come up with a depth of 212 miles? Perhaps they meant 2.12 miles? Who knows... moral of the story: Don't believe everything you read...

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