Saturday, February 05, 2005
DISCOVERY CHANNEL ON MEGA CATASTROPHES
Two recent shows on the Discovery Channel described some major catastrophes that are quite certain to occur (they say) ... some time in the next 100,000 years.
The first is a collapse of an island into the sea generating a mega tsunami several hundred feet high. One candidate island is located so its tsunami would strike the US Eastern shore. A small scale version of such a huge wave seems to have occurred quite recently in a small bay.
The second is a huge volcano which could lower Earth's temperature drastically. They describe studies that suggest a huge volcano about 80 thousand years ago reduced the human population to a few thousand.
These are very interesting shows, marred only by an overly portentous style of narration and hyper-dramatic music.