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[PHOTO] Four photos of The Water Molecule, Niagara Falls (#niagarafalls)

I do not know why The Water Molecule, a 1967 sculpture by Derek Costello of a water molecule down to the nuclei and electrons, was ever apparently controversial. I am glad that it is in a public space, poised in the Rosberg Family Park just a couple of blocks south of the bus and train stations on Erie Street at Queen, visible to at least some visitors.

The Water Molecule (1) #canada #ontario #niagarafalls #thewatermolecule #warermolecule #sculpture #derekcostello #metal #rosbergfamilypark #queenstreet #eriestreet #latergram

The Water Molecule (2) #canada #ontario #niagarafalls #thewatermolecule #warermolecule #sculpture #derekcostello #metal #rosbergfamilypark #queenstreet #eriestreet #latergram

The Water Molecule (3) #canada #ontario #niagarafalls #thewatermolecule #warermolecule #sculpture #derekcostello #metal #rosbergfamilypark #queenstreet #eriestreet #latergram<

The Water Molecule (4) #canada #ontario #niagarafalls #thewatermolecule #warermolecule #sculpture #derekcostello #metal #rosbergfamilypark #queenstreet #eriestreet #plaque #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

May 2, 2019 at 11:15 am

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Detroit, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Rome

    Ford Motors is redeveloping the abandoned Detroit Central Station to house workers’ offices. Global News reports.

  • JSTOR Daily takes a look at how Washington D.C. evolved over generations into a major tourist destination.
  • Wired suggests that Los Angeles is doing quite a good job of managing its limited water resources.
  • Restaurants in San Francisco are adapting to the high costs of labour in that city, with its expensive housing, by starting a shift to self-service models. The New York Times reports.
  • The city of Rome makes compelling backgrounds for the films of Italian Michelangelo Antonioni. Spacing has it.

[LINK] “Parched: A New Dust Bowl Forms in the Heartland”

National Geographic‘s Laura Parker writes at length, with photos, about the ongoing severe drought in the American Midwest. Concentrating particularly on Oklahoma, Parker points out that things are bad, with very little rain, rising temperature, and a dropping Ogallala Aquifer water table. With climate change, worse is to come. Will this area become an American desert? The signs aren’t promising.

“When people ask me if we’ll have a Dust Bowl again, I tell them we’re having one now,” says Millard Fowler, age 101, who lunches most days at the Rockin’ A [in Boise City, Oklahoma] with his 72-year-old son, Gary. Back in 1935, Fowler was a newly married farmer when a blizzard of dirt, known as Black Sunday, swept the High Plains and turned day to night. Some 300,000 tons of dirt blew east on April 14, falling on Chicago, New York, Washington, D.C., and, according to writer Timothy Egan in his book The Worst Hard Time, onto ships at sea in the Atlantic.

“It is just as dry now as it was then, maybe even drier,” Fowler says. “There are going to be a lot of people out here going broke.”

The climatologists who monitor the prairie states say he is right. Four years into a mean, hot drought that shows no sign of relenting, a new Dust Bowl is indeed engulfing the same region that was the geographic heart of the original. The undulating frontier where Kansas, Colorado, and the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma converge is as dry as toast. The National Weather Service, measuring rain over 42 months, reports that parts of all five states have had less rain than what fell during a similar period in the 1930s.

“If you have a long enough period without rain, there will be dust storms and they can be every bit as bad as they were in the Thirties,” says Mary Knapp, the Kansas State assistant climatologist.

Cattle are being sold to market because there is not enough grass on rangeland for large herds to graze. Colorado’s southeast Baca County is almost devoid of cattleā€”a change that Nolan Doesken, Colorado’s state climatologist, calls “profound and dramatic.”

Elsewhere, drifts of sand pile up along fence lines packed with tumbleweeds, and tens of thousands of acres of dry-land wheat have died beneath blankets of silt as fine as sifted flour. In the vocabulary of Plains weather, this is known as a “blowout.” Blowouts often start as brown strips along the outer edges of fields, and then spread with each successive blowing wind like a cancer.

“Once your neighbor’s fields starts to blow, it puts your own fields at risk,” says Gary McManus, Oklahoma’s state climatologist, who toured the blown-out wheat fields outside Boise City last week.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 20, 2014 at 1:59 am

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Crooked Timber has two posts on David Cameron’s announcement of a referendum, hopefully, on British membership in the European Union, to be held in a few years.
  • Eastern Approaches had two posts on the recent Czech election, noting that the defeated candidate, Prince Schwarzenberg, was hobbled as much by his German associations as by his links to the previous government.
  • Far Outliers notes the Americanization of Buddhism, and of the Japanese-Americans who practiced it, in post-Second World War Hawai’i.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money’s Dave Brockington also comments on Britain’s relationship with the European Union.
  • Norman Geras notes the hatred of Mali’s insurgents for music.
  • Registan’s Nathan Hamm warns that a post-Karimov Uzbekistan might intervene on behalf of Uzbek minorities in neighbouring states.
  • Torontoist posted an excerpt from Edward Keenan’s new book about Toronto, Some Great Idea.
  • Might Iran buy water from Tajikistan? Windows on Eurasia notes the statement of interest.