Monthly Archives: February 2012

Triple the Trickle-down Effect

There’s a mountain in Montana which claims an extraordinary impact on its natural environment over an area spanning many thousands of kilometres. Triple Divide Peak isn’t especially high but the water which falls on its slopes flows into three oceans: the Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic. Continue reading

Archived under Geography

How to Dazzle the Enemy

Trying to camouflage an aircraft carrier is about as hard as it gets. So do you make an enormous piece of military hardware ‘disappear’ into its surroundings? How about doing the exact opposite and cover it in an array of wildly contrasting colours and bold patterns, making it completely unmissable?

It’s a technique which was used on naval vessels in both World Wars, going by the unlikely name dazzle camouflage. Continue reading

Archived under Man-Made

Pistol-powered Shrimp

What sea creature has lopsided claws, is barely as long as your little finger and yet is among the noisiest animals under the sea? The pistol shrimp or snapping shrimp gives sperm and beluga whales stiff competition for the title of loudest marine creature. Continue reading

Archived under Science & Nature