weather patterns in North America. The book contains approach—poetry. For this volume, Kurt Brown has easy-to-read text and more than 450 color photographs collected verse from some 80 contemporary poets (two and illustrations. There is also a removable, water-re- are scientists) and separated the poems into 11 sub- sistant spotter's card to use in the field or for quick ject groups, from space, time, and matter, to theory, identification. numbers, and some biographies. A variety of topics are subjects of this free verse, such as cosmology, rela- Verse and Universe (Kurt Brown, Ed., 1998,339 pp., tivity, neutrinos, diamonds, genetics, human liver, and 15.95, paperbound, Milkweed Editions, ISBN fractals, to name a few. There are also verses on sci- 1-57131-407-5). While the more common means for entists such a Newton, Roentgen, and Murray. The readers to learn science is through technical literature book will be of interest to those who enjoy poetry and (prose), the editor of this book has chosen a different have an interest in science. • Ecology Action Notes (Editor' s Note: The following excerpts appeared 25 years ago in News and Notes j under a section entitled Ecology Action Notes. ^^^^ A 48-km-wide current, flowing northward off the coasts of Washington and Vancouver Island, has been documented by scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as part of a project to define offshore currents in the northwest. Environmentalists as well as oceanog- raphers stress the importance of knowing the offshore current structure in preparation for the daily shipping of two million barrels of North Slope oil from Alaska's Port Valdez aboard tankers bound for west coast ports—principally Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Ronald K. Reed, an oceanographer with NOAA's Seattle-based Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, says the northerly flow appears to be continuous from the mouth of the Columbia River to north of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Usually beginning 32 to 48 km from shore, the broad ribbon of water occurs seaward from a point where the water depth is about 1000 m. Knowledge of the ocean's currents in this area is also particularly important for commercial fishermen. [... ] Reed says, "Our research was undertaken specifically to determine the effect of these inter- nal waves which cause errors in computed currents by disturbing the density field. For this reason, the computed values of the current were not reliable. By determining the magnitude of the oscilla- tion caused by the internal waves, we are now better able to compute the true cur- rents of the area." To monitor the densities and oscillations, the research project was conducted during a two-week period in September 1973 aboard the NOAA ship Oceanogra- pher, based in Seattle. Using the STD (to measure salinity, temperature, and depth) a total of 150 casts were made to depths varying from less than 100 m to a maxi- mum of 1,500 m. Of the total, 69 casts were obtained at eight stations at one and a half hour intervals over 12-hr periods. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 55, 173-174. 33 7 Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
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Published: Feb 1, 1999
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