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Images of Ocean Floor Show Effects of Tsunami

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the chaos-theory-in-action dept.

Science 357

Iphtashu Fitz writes "This week the UK's Royal Navy presented images taken by the survey ship HMS Scott of the damage to the floor of the Indian Ocean that triggered the tsunami two months ago. The Scott has a high-resolution multi-beam sonar that let it generate highly detailed images of the sea floor, some 200m to 5000m below sea level. An image showing the scale of the damage, and the full presentation made by the Commanding Officer of HMS Scott (38MB PowerPoint) are available. The presentation contains a number of images that have more detail than those available on the websites."

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Okay (-1, Troll)

Trigun (685027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644046)

Bring on the goatse jokes.

I HATE ALL OF YOU! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11644052)

Go to hell!

Love Always,
News For Turds

Save the server - download through Dijjer (4, Informative)

Sanity (1431) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644055)

Download the Powerpoint through Dijjer [dijjer.org] by clicking here [dijjer.org] .

Re:Save the server - download through Dijjer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11644142)

Too late.

Re:Save the server - download through Dijjer (1)

jones77 (306154) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644431)

Sometimes I feel that did Slashdot is becoming a collection of broken links ...

Re:Save the server - download through Dijjer (1)

jones77 (306154) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644465)

Huh? That did? Let me try again: Sometimes I feel like Slashdot is becoming a collection of broken links ...

Re:Save the server - download through Dijjer (2, Insightful)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644434)

No offense, but why not use Coral Cache, etc where you *dont* have to install some plugin/3rd party app?

Re:Save the server - download through Dijjer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11644494)

Because they place a limit on filesize. They have to since at the end of the day, Coral still relies on centralised servers.

Dijjer has no such limit.

Re:Save the server - download through Dijjer (-1, Offtopic)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644457)

I wish that people wouldn't try to make a new broken file distribution system. If I wanted a broken file distribution that didn't work well in the real world, I'd use bittorrent.

Re:Save the server - download through Dijjer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11644515)

Yeah, nobody should ever try to do anything new. They should just sit on their asses and complain, like you do.

Down already? (4, Funny)

mg2 (823681) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644057)

The tsunami evidently took out the royal-navy's servers as well =\

first post .... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11644059)

... that compliments the submitter's clever user name.

w00t!!~~~!!!!

Not very nice (5, Funny)

MuckSavage (658302) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644077)

Linking to a 40meg powerpoint file. I can smell the server burning from here.

Re:Not very nice (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11644134)

There needs to be a t-shirt:

"The Slashdot effect -- comming to a webserver near you"

Re:Not very nice (1)

wordisms (624668) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644143)

I wonder if they will think this is a DDoS? Man, I guess the UK Ministry of Defense is not prepared for cyber-war. I hope we aren't looking for them to be a coalition member. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/2737885.stm/ [bbc.co.uk]

Re:Not very nice (0, Redundant)

fm6 (162816) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644182)

The Home Office server (where the powerpoint file is hosted) seems to be crawling along. (Dumb of them not to convert the presentation to web pages, though.) But the Southhampton University and Royal Navy web sites are totally Slashdotted. I just hope that Commander Bond doesn't decide that this is a DDOS attack!

Re:Not very nice (1)

ngrier (142494) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644467)

I'm just glad I saw this come across the wire yesterday afternoon and looked at the presentation then!

I can hear the whooshing sound of bandwidth rushing across the ocean floor. Unfortunately I'm headed _to_ an oceanfront cabin in an hour. Maybe the waves will have subsided by then. (Though given it's Friday, I'm sure just about every /.er will click on that link and sit and wait while it loads...)

[And judging by the responsiveness of /. it seems like they're all hitting the homepage just about now!]

No Data (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11644080)

I followed the links and it said "No Data" or just timed out.

Great Scott (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11644082)

Why in the world would some sadistic person put up a 37 MB power point presentation on slashdot. Damn you must hate the home office. Well it still downloading strong for me at about 87KBs

Timothy

Re:Great Scott (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11644447)

Woops just assumed it was the home office website.

Oh, they'll like that! (3, Funny)

Otter (3800) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644085)

...the full presentation made by the Commanding Officer of HMS Scott (38MB PowerPoint) are available.

I hope the British readers here didn't have any urgent business with the UK Hydrographic Office site!

Re:Oh, they'll like that! (3, Funny)

SlayerofGods (682938) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644297)

Does anyone ever have urgent business at a hydrographic office?

Re:Oh, they'll like that! (2, Interesting)

FireFury03 (653718) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644409)

Does anyone ever have urgent business at a hydrographic office?

Yes actually. I use it frequently to get tide predictions so I know where's safe (or will have good conditions) to go windsurfing. Good job I'm not going sailing tomorrow or I'd be proper pissed at not being able to get that data.

9th post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11644088)

post??

Short attention span (0, Flamebait)

drakethegreat (832715) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644089)

It would seem other nations do still care for the tragedy that happened to this world. I hope that they do because the attention span of some countries is really short and if you don't keep the Tsunami in the news it means decreased donations to help the victims. I hope the UK is doing a better job with this. All I know is that American media is so worked up about Iran, Iraq, and North Korea right now that the Tsunami was so last week...

Re:Short attention span (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11644199)

So wait, you're saying that the news media should cease covering all news other than that of the Tsunami until the multi-year long process of rebuilding is over?

This just in: Poodle soaked! Tsunami still a tragedy! Goth's flock to Sri Lanka for mass suicide, just like lemmings!

Oh yeah, and some important stuff happened elsewhere too ...

Re:Short attention span (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11644292)

If you're gonna write "goth's" shouldn't you also write "lemming's", or are apostrophes just added at random these days?

Re:Short attention span (1)

raddan (519638) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644209)

How is this flamebait? It's a good point. The other thing that the American media forgot about, in the wake of the Tsunami, is the current situation in Darfour. The fact is the vast majority of American media is terrible. We talk about this all the time on Slashdot. How is this flamebait?

Re:Short attention span (1)

TFGeditor (737839) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644405)

And the U.S. media is responsible for reporting non-stop on the tsunami and that other thing you mentioned because...?

Re:Short attention span (2, Interesting)

gaintner (858566) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644454)

Please. The American media may have plenty of problems, but its hardly to blame for the lack of attention being paid to Sudan. It's been going on a long time, and the media occasionally tries to bring it up again. The fact is we just don't care about what happens in Africa. Maybe if a few members of the British media (or someone else we actually relate to) wander in there and get massacred, we'll pay some attention. But the tsunami isn't to blame. If it wasn't the tsunami story that took precedense over the Sudan story, it would have been something else. Perhaps what Britney Spears had for breakfast, for example.

Re:Short attention span (1)

Z4rd0Z (211373) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644244)

I completely agree with you. It seems like only yesterday I was watching images of the tsunami on every cable cha...hey, Condoleezza Rice just returned from her first overseas visit as Secretary of State!

Re:Short attention span (4, Informative)

chill (34294) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644387)

Bullshit.

Didn't you see the news YESTERDAY where Bush tripled his funding request to Congress for tsunami aid to $950 million?

Oh, wait. You were too busy bashing the U.S. to let a simple thing like hitting news.google.com (where it was a top story in it's category for most of the day) get in your way.

Re:Short attention span (4, Insightful)

timster (32400) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644396)

I'm sure the reduced media coverage is why President Bush asked Congress to approve $600 million in new money for tsunami relief. That was... Wednesday: http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/02/09/tsunami.aid/index .html [cnn.com]

The lack of media coverage is just because nothing new is happening. The event has happened, and now the affected areas are entering a long rebuilding process. We're still helping them. It's just not a new story anymore. There's a reason it's called the news.

Donations? (2, Informative)

temojen (678985) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644493)

Many Canadian charities havce stopped accepting tsunami relief donations. The Canadian Red Cross claims to have enough money to sustain their activities in the region for ten years.

Re:Short attention span (5, Interesting)

networkBoy (774728) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644501)

Besides all the other posts, I seem to remember the US being told to "go home, we don't want you here" by some governmental agencies over there. Makes me wonder why we trippled our aid . . .
-nB

Other Effects? (2, Interesting)

StarWreck (695075) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644090)

I wonder what kind of effect this damage has had on things like Coral Reefs and deep ocean habitats surrounding black smokers?

Re:Other Effects? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11644238)

I wonder what kind of effect this damage has had on things like Coral Reefs and deep ocean habitats surrounding black smokers?

I hear the reefs are now heavily mentholated...

*ducks*

Re:Other Effects? (1)

Leroy_Brown242 (683141) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644289)

black smokers

What's this?

Re:Other Effects? (1)

nbert (785663) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644335)

Tsunamis don't have much effect on the open sea, so deep ocean habitats are pretty save I guess.

Re:Other Effects? (1)

StarWreck (695075) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644417)

The article is saying that most of the undersea "damage" occured at very great depths. I'm worried that some black smoker [pbs.org] habitats were wiped out. It would probably take years for them to re-establish. It'll probably be a while before they find out the results of so much land shifting underseas.

Re:Other Effects? (2, Interesting)

Tongo (644233) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644505)

I believe (couldn't RTFA, /.'d), that they were refereing to the section of ocean floor that actually moved, thereby triggering the tsunami. I could be wrong though.

They killed the RN web site! (1)

Epsillon (608775) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644092)

The bastards!

Just goes to show how crappy some of the IT projects in this country are when you can /. a military server...

Re:They killed the RN web site! (1)

Celt (125318) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644130)

I don't know, it seems ok to me
getting 20k/sec off it atm downloading the presentation from http://www.ukho.gov.uk

Re:They killed the RN web site! (1)

Epsillon (608775) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644306)

Nope, still no joy here and traceroute confirms my DNS and routing is not to blame. ukho.gov.uk (195.92.227.22) is, IIRC a separate site, the UK Home Office server. The RN web site (212.100.236.245) is the one that's /.ed.

Re:They killed the RN web site! (1)

temojen (678985) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644513)

It's a military PR server. I expect their critical systems are still humming along.

Does this mean... (4, Funny)

Undefined Parameter (726857) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644099)

Fitz just linked a 38 megabyte file from the front page... does this mean that slashdot just declared war on the U.K.?

~UP

Re:Does this mean... (1)

dominick (550229) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644338)

We're hitting the wrong nation...

Slashdot crowd, please visit this link instead:

DPRK [korea-dpr.com]

- D

Her Majesty.. (1)

slashmojo (818930) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644341)

Has dispatched the fleet already.. tally ho!

We Sank Their Battleship! (5, Funny)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644393)

> Fitz just linked a 38 megabyte file from the front page... does this mean that slashdot just declared war on the U.K.?

Slashdotters' guns were aimed and requests were comin' fast,
The first link hit the website, they knew she couldn't last,
That mighty Naval server room is just a memory,
"Avenge the Bismarck" was the battle cry, sent over TCP.

We found the freakin' powerpoint that's makin' such a fuss!
We slashdotted the website 'cause the world depends on us!
It hit the front page runnin, when we spun our browsers 'round,
Yeah, we found the Royal Navy, and then we shut 'er down!

With apologies to Johnny Horton's Sink the Bismarck, 1960 [allthelyrics.com] , and those who served aboard both the Hood and the Bismarck.)

thats nice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11644102)

lets all slashot the the British Royal Navy...

damage (1, Redundant)

frieked (187664) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644110)

Damage to the floor of the indian ocean?

How about damage to this poor website after posting a 38MB powerpoint on slashdot!

2 Comments and Kablewie... (1)

CygnusXII (324675) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644114)

Two comments posted and this thing is slashed. Very Sad indeed. Thank Goodness we can load up the PPT and read it directly. How long do you think that is going to last? Oh, well... In true slash style, let fly with the comments and speculation a Damn all to the actual story.

Re:2 Comments and Kablewie... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11644274)

I do whatever my Rice Crispies Tell Me to DO!

You must be very limber.

In other news... (4, Funny)

HTL2001 (836298) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644118)

the UK Royal Navy website was completly destroyed by the Slashdot Tsunami

Fake? (1, Interesting)

Pan T. Hose (707794) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644124)

Are those images real or fake? Before anyone posts some proof I will remain skeptical. Slashdot is known for posting lies about tsunami [slashdot.org] .

Re:Fake? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11644468)

Is your name real or fake? Before anyone posts some proof I will remain skeptical. Google returns no hits with your name. [google.ca]

Oh, that's what that was! (-1, Flamebait)

192939495969798999 (58312) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644136)

I just saw a mushroom cloud on the horizon from my high-rise, now I know it was this server totally nuking from a /. on that 38 meg file! America! F YEAH!

Anyone got a 38 meg Al-Qaeda link they can throw up, so we can nuke that, too?

This must be a first (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11644140)

The first slashdotting of the ocean floor.

***ERROR! Ignorance tolerance overload! (3, Insightful)

dillon_rinker (17944) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644156)

damage to the floor of the Indian Ocean

BZZZT! The surface of the earth cannot be damaged. Changed, yes, but not damaged. Unless you're suggesting that we need to get back to Pangaea somehow.

Look, there are natural tectonic processes that have been going on for as long as the earth existed. Volcanoes and earthquakes are CONSTANTLY reshaping the surface of the earth. THIS IS NOT DAMAGE. This is normal behavior for the ecosystem.

Next we'll be hearing that the predator/prey relationship needs to be banned because it damages animal populations, or that animals need to poop more because the coprophilic bacterial populations are abnormally low.

Re:***ERROR! Ignorance tolerance overload! (2, Funny)

yotto (590067) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644250)

Just because it's damaged doesn't mean it's bad. I damage a golf ball every time I strike it with a club. Eventually that ball must be replaced. It's perfectly normal, but it's damage. I didn't see anywhere in the article (And not just because it was slashdotted before I got there) where they were talking about banning earthquakes.

Earthquakes cause damage. That's all there is to it.

Re:***ERROR! Ignorance tolerance overload! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11644255)

BZZZT! The surface of the earth cannot be damaged. Changed, yes, but not damaged. Unless you're suggesting that we need to get back to Pangaea somehow.

So: global warming, oil spills, the destruction of the ozone layer -- these are not damage?

Re:***ERROR! Ignorance tolerance overload! (2, Informative)

simonecaldana (561857) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644365)

Not in an absolute meaning. Even total nuclearization is not absolute meaning. The notion of damage is intrinsecally antropocentric. Some can say that "reduction" (of biodiversity, or resources[1]) is always damage, but it is true only on the short term. On the long term, generally you can't say. The Yucatan asteroid did a lot of damage, but the mammals today are what they are _because_ that happened.

[1] please note that a resource is a resource relatively to how one can use it. Oil is a resource for humans, CO2 is not. For plants, it's the other way around.

Re:***ERROR! Ignorance tolerance overload! (2, Insightful)

Have Blue (616) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644302)

Correct- the surface of the Earth has not been damaged. However, a small subsection of the surface of the Earth has been damaged. If, somehow, the tectonic plates carrying North America and Siberia were induced to move towards each other, the pacific ocean would be completely obliterated (and the surface of the earth still wouldn't be damaged).

Re:***ERROR! Ignorance tolerance overload! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11644425)

Will you sissies please stop arguing over the semantics of a fucking figure of speach!?

Re:***ERROR! Ignorance tolerance overload! (1)

Hard_Code (49548) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644318)

You seem a bit touchy about the casual usage of the word "damage". How about "impact", is that better?

Ooops. Our bad... (1)

halivar (535827) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644388)

Dammit. I knew we should of signed the Kyoto Protocol.

Re:***ERROR! Ignorance tolerance overload! (3, Insightful)

Z4rd0Z (211373) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644403)

Dude, calm down. Maybe the choice of words wasn't the most scientific, but if you see the effects of a big earthquake or volcano, it's kind of hard not to see it as damage, whether it is a normal occurance or not. I remember as a kid when Mt. St. Helens blew and completely devastated the surroundings. Sure, over time it will be just a little bump in history, but for the people affected, it's damage. Is this a reason to start jumping up and down and calling people ignorant?

Re:***ERROR! Ignorance tolerance overload! (4, Funny)

That's Unpossible! (722232) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644421)

I applaud your pedantry, sir. Let us apply this to different areas.

BZZZT! The surface of your car cannot be damaged. Changed, yes, but not damaged. Unless you're suggesting that we need to get back to car body perfection.

Look, there are accidental collisions that have been going on for as long as cars have existed. Cars and trucks are CONSTANTLY reshaping the surface of other vehicles. THIS IS NOT DAMAGE. This is normal behavior for the ecosystem.

Re:***ERROR! Ignorance tolerance overload! (1)

ikegami (793066) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644452)

So you're saying it's not damage when a tornado or hurricance rips someone's house or town in two? True, it's is natural behaviour. True, it is changed. But the change came around from the previous environment being obliterated.

Re:***ERROR! Ignorance tolerance overload! (5, Insightful)

Metapsyborg (754855) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644469)

BZZZT! The surface of the earth cannot be damaged. Changed, yes, but not damaged. Unless you're suggesting that we need to get back to Pangaea somehow.

Look, there are natural tectonic processes that have been going on for as long as the earth existed. Volcanoes and earthquakes are CONSTANTLY reshaping the surface of the earth. THIS IS NOT DAMAGE. This is normal behavior for the ecosystem.

Come on now, you're not even attempting to understand what they are talking about. I don't know how this was modded insightful, but it is damage my friend. Animals died, habitats were destroyed, plant life uprooted/moved/destroyed, rare/endangered species killed (not that I know for a fact, can't see the webpage). This is damage. It doesn't matter that these animals would die eventually anyway, it doesn't matter that in 200,000 years that piece of ocean floor won't exist anymore.

Your cocky presumptiousness does not bely intelligence, it belies a refusal to understand something. Damaged, changed, modified, whatever it all means the same thing. And gee, the two "ridiculous" examples you list probably already happen somewhere in the world! People hunt to keep animal populations down (those bastard deer come to mind); I'm sure somewhere in the world predators are being kept away from herbavors to "protect" the herbavors from being "damaged". Hmm, maybe we should just ban the word "damaged", because obviously every thing that happens in the universe is due to nature. Therefore everything that happens would have happened eventually anyway, and it can not possibly be considered damage because it is "all in the natural order of things."

Why don't you use your self-proclaimed knowledge for something useful, like understanding that words can mean multiple things and not everything people write about is a semantic argument?

Re:***ERROR! Ignorance tolerance overload! (1, Offtopic)

gsfprez (27403) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644478)

You seem to be some right wing extremeist...

its obvious that George Bush lied and all the damage because of the tsunami is his fault.

tsunami WAS the effect, not the cause (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11644157)

Images of Ocean Floor Show Effects of Tsunami

I think people really really like saying "tsunami". Too bad most don't even pronounce it the right way.

The floor was not the effect of the tsunami, it was the effect of the earthquake, of which the tsunami was also an effect.

See, I like saying "tsunami" too!

tsunami. tsunami. tsunami.

Sheer unbridled stupidity (3, Interesting)

KrackHouse (628313) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644164)

For god's sake did anybody running this site really think that a direct link to a 38 meg ppt wouldn't bring down that server?

Can someone please reply with sites that are like slashdot but not run by monkeys?

Re:Sheer unbridled stupidity (1)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644266)

You could always goto fark [fark.com] .
Hang on, you probably meant further up the evolutionary ladder?

Re:Sheer unbridled stupidity (0, Redundant)

dJCL (183345) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644376)

Hey I resemble that remark!

(checks for new links on fark since clicking reply, nope )

Anyway...

Re:Sheer unbridled stupidity (2, Funny)

carpe_noctem (457178) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644373)

Just read osnews for tech stories that will be published in /. tomorrow (with user comments even more idiotic than those found here, believe it or not), and then hit up boingboing for all the "humor" stories that will be reposted after a 6 hour delay.

Nothin' to it!

Re:Sheer unbridled stupidity (5, Funny)

ScruffyScrode (812789) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644404)

I think it was Jimmy Stewart that said:

"Every time a server burns, a torrent gets its wings."

I could be wrong.

Wow... (2, Insightful)

MetaPhyzx (212830) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644168)

Thinking about it scientifically, along with the terrible loss of life in this event is incredible.

To me, this is a huge reminder that the planet in itself is capable of incalculable (in terms of lives affected) violence. And also that there will be in due time, something comparable. Or worse.

And to think about the squabbles we have, our territorial ambitions, our day to day lives, it really means nothing in the face of these kinds of forces.

Re:Wow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11644440)

Whatever

38 Mb File Brings Limey Navy to a Stop (3, Funny)

CygnusXII (324675) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644200)

NEWS FLASH
British Royal Naval Communications brought to a halt today. Somehow a Naval Report on the latest Tsunami damage was linked to Popular IT Community Web Site SlashDot.org. The resulting Bandwith usage rates shot to am alarming rate, and crippled Data Communications to Royal Naval Forces, and forced the Royal Navy to respond, by issuing the following Statement. "Koh! Blimey! We've been knackered by the BOFHs'!"

Re:38 Mb File Brings Limey Navy to a Stop (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11644268)

fuck you you talentless, pig headed, conservative american cunt

Earthquake Presentation.ppt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11644201)

Their servers are going to be experiencing an earthquake...

wow what speed batman (1)

PacketScan (797299) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644248)

Wow i'm getting a wopping 5.2KB/sec But hey it's not dropping :-)

HAMMER REVOLUTION --; (1)

clubhouse (840238) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644258)

once again, i'd like to say that tidal waves are antihammer http://hammerrevolution.com/ [hammerrevolution.com] --;

Not the tsunami... (3, Informative)

Sabaki (531686) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644283)

Not only were the undersea landslides not the result of the tsunami -- they were the result of the causal earthquake -- but there's evidence to show that undersea landslides can be a major cause of tsunami. So these might help explain why the tsunami was/were so devastating.

Article text (4, Informative)

Swamii (594522) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644288)

A 40 MB file on the front page. Way to go douchebags, thanks for taking our server out. Here's the text of the article:

The Royal Navy's survey ship HMS Scott has collected unique images of the Indian Ocean seabed in the vicinity of the devastating tsunami earthquake epicentre.

The work, announced last month by the Ministry of Defence, is being carried out in order to further the understanding of earthquakes and assist prediction of such events in the future. It will be of considerable benefit to the Asia region as a whole and potentially give a global perspective.

HMS Scott's tasking is a non-military role that will provide bathymetric ( measuring the depth of water ) and geological assessment of the Asian earthquake epicentre and extended fracture zone. To assist with this, scientists from the Southampton Oceanography Centre and the British Geological Survey have embarked in the ship.

The depth of water in the vicinity of the epicentre varies between 200m to 5000m which is well within HMS Scott's capability using her high-resolution multi-beam sonar.

The epicentre lies within the Indonesian Exclusive Economic Zone, and the survey itself follows discussions with the Indonesian Government about HMS Scott's potential value in furthering the understanding of the earthquake and future risk prediction. The survey falls under the definition of Marine Scientific Research under United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Survey imagesHMS Scott's survey will provide the 'base map' for future extensive research into the process of how earthquakes work; this is a crucial moment to conduct such research.

While HMS Scott is not directly involved in the humanitarian relief effort, her survey work in the vicinity of the epicentre is of significance to the scientific community in furthering the understanding of the tsunami.

HMS Scott deployed from the UK in November 2004 in order to undertake a programme of work in the North Atlantic, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean and is scheduled to return to the UK in June 2005.

triggered? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11644304)

This week the UK's Royal Navy presented images taken by the survey ship HMS Scott of the damage to the floor of the Indian Ocean that triggered the tsunami two months ago.

Wait, so the damage caused the tsunami? Or was it the Inidan Ocean? Or could it have been the images?

1500m??? (4, Informative)

justforaday (560408) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644313)

From TF(/.d)A:
The collision has forced up spectacular large thrust ridges up to 1500 m high...

New ridges nearly a mile high?!? Well, that certainly explains the little wave it made...

this is stupid (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11644334)

This is getting ridiculous. Why does Slashdot continue to post stories with direct links to massive files that are hosted on sites that will obviously be killed instantly, once users start clicking the link? Would it be too much to ask to begin mirroring the files, or provide a torrent?

These stories that reference some outside source are useless half of the time, because the source instantly becomes unavailable for a few hours until some new story comes up. It's getting really old.

Cause and Effect (4, Insightful)

irhtfp (581712) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644340)

It should be pointed out that the headline of this /. story is misleading. (Yeah, I know, what else is new?)

Images of Ocean Floor Show Effects of Tsunami

The damage to the ocean floor was a result of the cause of the tsunami - not the effect thereof. Tsunamis do not damage the ocean floor until they get into very shallow water (i.e. the coastline).

Major slip (4, Informative)

JJ (29711) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644350)

The India tectonic plate, one of the most mobile in recent geologic time, slipped underneath the southeast asia one causing a major uplifting, which caused the tsunami. A relatively unusual geologic cause of a tsunami. Original reports where that some areas fell by 2000 ft, which would be quite remarkable and a bit of an exageration.

WOW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11644453)

Cool stuff.

Ned

NEWSFLASH!!! (3, Funny)

EmagGeek (574360) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644461)

A tsunami has been detected approaching the coasts of Greenland and Iceland from the East. Geologists suspect this tsunami is due to the plunging of the entire uk.gov webserver complex into the atlantic ocean and a very high velocity.

Did anyone happen to get the entire presentation and have a torrent up somewhere?

Torrent? (1)

Limburgher (523006) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644480)

If anyone managed to grab the ppt, please either post a torrent or let me have it and I will.

'Damage' is a loaded term (1)

exp(pi*sqrt(163)) (613870) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644483)

These are geological changes, not Grandma's china getting broken.

Re:'Damage' is a loaded term (2, Insightful)

pclminion (145572) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644518)

These are geological changes, not Grandma's china getting broken.

Heh.. I was going to make the same comment but you got it first.

When a tree grows out of the ground, it pushes soil aside -- would you then describe the ground as "damaged?" Is the moon damaged because it has craters?

The word "damage" is only meaningful in the context of human activities. As you succinctly stated, this is change, not damage.

Follow up story (4, Funny)

MosesJones (55544) | more than 9 years ago | (#11644496)

Today the British Navy abandoned the gulf and turned its ships and nuclear submarines onto the Slashdot editing team. An initial force of Special Boat Service (SBS) forces was expected to take out the chain of command before a period of continual bombardment by artillery, missle and aircraft.

A spokesman from the British Navy said "right that's it, we've left the buggers alone since 1812 but that does it."

In related news Slashdot is being re-hosted from Camp Delta, along with any remaining members of the editing team.

mirrordot to the rescue :-) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11644506)

http://www.mirrordot.org/
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