Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Extraordinary Complexity of Our Planet

The Wall Street Journal's Japan Real Time blog has a not-to-be-missed animation of the course debris from the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami will take across the Pacific and back again.

That the courses the various rafts of debris will/can take can be so indeterminate, and that scientists have a reasonable degree of certainty about the reliability of these pathways affected by "a butterfly beating its wings" reminds me of how little I know about the Earth and of those who have dedicated their lives to studying it.

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