Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – XII

Fate of oils in the ocean: Oil spills are one of the significant reasons of pollution of the marine ecology.  In earlier articles, we have seen environmental impacts of oils.  Although not a substantial cause of marine pollution (as compared to urban and agricultural runoffs), I will still like to dwell more on this topic … Continue reading Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – XII

Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – XI

Environmental effects of oil spill: Hi friends, as I had mentioned in my last article “Oil Spill” comes as a bolt from the blue.  It often results in both immediate and long-term environmental damage. Some of the long-term ecological destruction can last for even decades after the spill occurs. Once released into the aquatic system, … Continue reading Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – XI

Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – X

Oil spills and their effects on marine ecology Hi Friends, there is an old saying which says, “Of all the things you choose in life, you don't get to choose what your nightmares are. You don't pick them; they pick you”.     The incidence of an oil spill is the worst nightmare shipping industry can ever … Continue reading Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – X

Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – IX

Impact of shipping on marine pollution: With over 80 percent of global trade being carried on board ships and handled by seaports worldwide, the importance of maritime transport for business and development cannot be overemphasized. 10.3 billion tons (10,300,000,000 MT) of cargo was transported by sea in 2017.  The number of sea-going ships (cargo ships … Continue reading Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – IX

Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – VIII

Hello everyone and welcome back to the eighth installment of “Oceans caught between the devil and deep blue sea…” Today, I am feeling especially sad to write, since today is Holi and under the name of tradition, in India, people waste millions of liters of water.  The water situation in this country is dire. Over … Continue reading Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – VIII

What is ‘Conservation Status’ and ‘IUCN Red List’?

             Endangered Hawaiian monk seal We’re all familiar with the terms ‘Endangered’, and ‘Threatened’ when referring to species under threat from extinction. But the process behind these categorizations and so on, and just how important these species are for biodiversity conservation, is a bit of a mystery to most of us. This process of categorization … Continue reading What is ‘Conservation Status’ and ‘IUCN Red List’?

Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – VII

The ocean is a vast and mysterious place, which for many seafarers, is part of its allure. People have always delved into the strangest unsolved ocean mysteries – may it be the Bermuda Triangle, the case of the disappearing island, or the unusual noise that emits from the deepest parts of the ocean - some … Continue reading Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – VII

Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – VI

During a voyage, dead ahead, through roaring sea and the pitch-black night, a captain sees the light on a collision course with his ship. Reaching for the radio, he conveys his message: “Change your course ten degrees east.” “Change yours ten degrees west,” comes the reply. The captain responds, “I’m a navy captain! Change your … Continue reading Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – VI

Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – V

Human Settlements since long in the history got shaped by water resources.  Water resources can be in the form of rivers or oceans. The habitats around rivers saw the development of societies, culture, and farming for food.  This growth also helped people to reduce their dependence on hunter-gathering. Water was essential for many reasons. People … Continue reading Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – V

Analysis of – “The Convergence of the Twain” (Lines on the loss of the “Titanic”), By Thomas Hardy

Between the nights of 14th and 15th April 1912, the “unsinkable” steamship Titanic hit an iceberg and sank in North Atlantic Ocean.  She was on her maiden voyage from Southampton in the UK to New York.  On 24th April Thomas Hardy wrote the poem “The Convergence of the Twain” to be printed in the program … Continue reading Analysis of – “The Convergence of the Twain” (Lines on the loss of the “Titanic”), By Thomas Hardy