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October 08, 2005

Milky sea

Satellite imagery has captured a region of the Indian Ocean off the coast of Somalia, "about the size of Connecticut", glowing for three nights on end. Very Jules Verne. I am not certain why it took ten years to report this finding. Though from the satellite image it is alarming to note how obviously electricity and democracy, and especially the civil rights of women, go together.

Mariners have long told of rare nighttime events in which the ocean glows intensely as far as the eye can see in all directions. Fictionally, such a "milky sea" is encountered by the Nautilus in Jules Verne classic "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 8, 2005 08:24 AM

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