Where is Amelia Earhart ?

Jul 16 2013

AmeliaSome say she was shot down while spying for the American government and captured by the Japanese. Others say she eloped with her navigator Fred Noonan to escape her fame and her husband. While fanciful exploits make for great headlines, here at Marine Science & Adventure (MSA), we try to ground our thoughts within the laws of science. While Adventure is the second half of our name, Science is always first.

The twin engine Lockheed Electra, flown by Earhart and navigated by Fred Noonan, never made the scheduled refueling stop at Howland Island. So logically, she either ditched in the Pacific or, as some evidence points, made a landing on a remote island. There are many proponents of the ditching at sea, and calculations done by Oceaneering, Inc. concluded the aircraft would have easily floated with empty fuel tanks undamaged in a water landing.

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Under the Tropical Keel

Jul 15 2013

 Under the Tropical Keelhardsoftcoral
by Charles LoBue

You’re sailing along a tropical coast as it transitions from the turquoise waters of the sand and coral shallows to the rich indigo deep.  The water beneath you is too clear to imagine. Under your keel, areas of lush sea grasses are preened to a rich beauty by the active feeding of thriving turtle populations, as shoals of juvenile fish dance and dart to the kinetic rhythm of survival among feeding predators. Mountains of colorful and varied coral structures create ridges, castles, bridges, corridors, and canyons in the transition to the deep. 

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