Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Lit Review - Ryan

Project Title: An investigation of the most cost effective and useful tsunami blockade

Hypothesis: A concave wave barrier will dampen the wave the most.

  Tsunamis are natural disasters that we cannot prevent, and cost a high sum to clean up. It is a devastating force of nature, and the only way we can prevent other innocent people from getting killed, or loosing their homes, is to create barriers to dampen the effect of the incoming wave.
  The main reasons for tsunamis are tectonic shifts on the seabed, or ruptures in the earth’s crust. These geological phenomenon will either suck the sea into the rupture, or propel the water upwards; both causing a tsunami.
  The tsunami is dangerous, as satellite imaging cannot detect the wave when it is moving towards the shore. It is only visible when the bottom of the wave drags along the coast, or beach, which will slow the bottom part of the wave down. This will create the massive wave.
  Tsunamis have been used as weapons before. Some nations have created special division to exploit tsunamis as a weapon, like attach bombs to the waves, or a propulsion system for warships. However, all these attempts have failed miserably.
  Animals have developed a way to escape the tsunami, according to Slate news. Humans can learn from these animals to reduce casualties and escape the wave, as animals can sense the tsunami approaching. Multiple reports of dogs, cats, and birds acting agitated can be a indicator that the destructive wave is coming.

Discovery. (n.a.) What makes tsunamis so dangerous? Retrieved on 8 July 2013, from

Wells, John C. (1990). Longman pronunciation dictionary. Harlow, England: Longman. p. 736. Entry: "tsunami"

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