Vocablet of the Day: Anomalous

For over sixty years, this triangular region of the Atlantic Ocean has claimed hundreds of ships in ways that cannot be explained… or has it?

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Ships can sink and airplanes can go missing at any time, but there’s one place on Earth that draws a suspicious number of disappearances that are strange and difficult to identify or classify: The Bermuda Triangle

The area of the Bermuda Triangle are not exactly defined, but it is generally said to exist between the tip of Florida, the Bermuda Islands, and Puerto Rico.  Most official organizations do not recognize the area, and some people say that many of the stories of anomalous disappearances and occurrences in the area are untrue.

Knowing the stories of the Bermuda Triangle, would you travel within it?  Or would you keep on the safe side, staying away from the whole region and its stories of anomalous, and fatal, incidences?

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Vocablet of the Day: Contingency

When most people think of emergency plans, they think of floods or blizzards or blackouts.  Some people, however, have plans for more spooky contingencies.

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Some might say that preparing for a future zombie apocalypse is silly, but others might say that it’s smart to think of every possible event or occurrence or result.

Eeeek! Zombies!

Pop culture’s current interest in zombies has some people thinking about what they would do if the dead came back to life.  But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States are using this interest to promote public preparedness for natural disasters and other, less supernatural, contingencies.

Do you plan for contingencies like hurricanes or earthquakes?  Or do you have a zombie apocalypse plan?

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Vocablet of the Day: Herald

The Earth is always moving, always changing, and people look to the cycle of the seasons to know what’s coming next.

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The leaves change color and fall off the trees to herald the coming of colder days.

Not every place in the world has distinct seasons.  But for those that do, people look out for the characteristic changes, like shorter days or colder temperatures, that signal the coming of the next season.

It’s autumn in the northern hemisphere, and the changing colors of the leaves on the trees are a sign that winter is coming.  Next year, many will eagerly await the flowers and new growth that herald the beginning of spring.

Even without seasons, there are signals that herald the next stage of the year, like holidays or changing patterns of stars in the sky.  What kinds of signs herald changes where you live?

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Studylist of the Week: The Power of Water

Most often, we humans use water in ways that are beneficial to us.  We take hot showers, visit calm freshwater lakes, build water parks, and surf on the ocean’s waves.

Because water is usually our friend, sometimes we forget the incredible destructive force that it can be.  The Power of Water studylist showcases some of the more spectacular ways that water has shown its strength and wreaked havoc on human lives.

 

Tsunamis, also called tidal waves, are like huge walls of water that can be over 100 feet high.

They are usually caused by underwater earthquakes, which trigger a series of huge ocean waves that send surges (sudden forceful flows) of water onto land.

 

 

Floods and mudslides damaged the country’s infrastructure and left thousands of people homeless in Venezuela in late 2010.

The disasters were caused by torrential (flowing or falling fast and in great quantities) rain that the land couldn’t absorb.

 

 

Water cascaded (rushed down in big quantities) from the Morganza floodway in Louisiana after its gate was opened in an effort to lower the Mississippi River.

Allowing the water to flood the area takes pressure off the levees protecting New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

 

 

When an 8.9 magnitude earthquake shook the ocean off the coast of Japan, it set off a series of tsunami waves.

The huge waves inundated (filled or covered completely) cities and towns along 1,300 miles of coastline, causing huge amounts of damage.

 

 

Have you ever seen the awesome — and sometimes terrible — power of water in action?  Have you experienced a torrential rain or a surge of water in a hurricane?