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Thursday, July 01, 2021

In Afar, Ethiopia, seismic activity will lead to some major map redrawing:

Dr James Hammond, a seismologist from the University of Bristol — who has been working in Afar — says that parts of the region are below sea level and the ocean is only cut off by about a 20-metre block of land in Eritrea.

“Eventually this will drift apart,” he told the BBC World Service. “The sea will flood in and will start to create this new ocean.

“It will pull apart, sink down deeper and deeper and eventually… parts of southern Ethiopia, Somalia will drift off, create a new island, and we’ll have a smaller Africa and a very big island that floats out into the Indian Ocean.”

In this case, “eventually” means 10 million years or so. Practically right around the corner, geologically speaking.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 07/01/2021 11:25pm
Category: Science
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I’m watching Marie Antoinette on Sundance Channel.

I dare you to not love the alt-rock soundtrack. Completely anachronistic to the movie’s setting in 18th-Century royal France, yet all the more memorable for that incongruity. From the opening strains of Gang of Four’s “Natural’s Not In It”, through to Bow Wow Wow’s “I Want Candy”, Siouxsie and the Banshees’ “Hong Kong Garden”, and New Order’s “Ceremony”, it’s hard to imagine this film outside of a music-driven narrative.

The problem of leisure, indeed.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 07/01/2021 11:09pm
Category: Movies, Pop Culture
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