Sunday, November 3, 2013

Maine, a Center of Volcanoes

Our little grand puppy visited us today (Sunday).

Here are a couple of new pictures that show a little how well our 10-year-old dog and our daughter's puppy have adjusted to each other.

On the left is Mariah, our dog with her ever present ball, and Brandy racing to see it. 
The two of them seem to have found a scent of something and are wondering what it is.

Did you watch on TV or, even better, go to Boston to see the Red Sox Rolling Rally to thank the fans for supporting them in the World Series, which, if you've been in the dark, the Sox Won in six games?  The huge crowds were estimated to be anywhere between 1.5 million and 2.5 million people, depending on whom you believed.  It sure did look like more than two million on the TV.

Some of the speeches at Fenway to begin the showing were quite interesting, but perhaps a real highlight was when the parade stopped at the marathon finish line to pay tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing last spring.  Even the weather celebrated the Boston victory as a nicer day could not have been possible.

On another topic, learning for us older folk really never stops.  I've been a Mainer just about all my life, actually all except about six years way back in the late 1950s and early '60s but I read a story over the weekend and learned something I don't remember ever knowing before.  Some of the biggest volcanoes of all time were right here in the State of Maine, although I think there's a possibility the area wasn't called "Maine" those 420 million years ago.

The information was learned from a report delivered by Sheila Seaman to the Geological Society of America at it's annual meeting and reported by Fox News today.

She told the attendees that at least four super volcanoes were spread out along 100 miles of the Maine coast with Mt. Desert Island and Acadia National Park, which is on the island, as a central point.  Isle au Haut, part of the Park, may have been a heart of a volcano.

According to the Fox News report, "Volcanic rock layers on Maine's Cranberry Island have a 2,300-foot-thick  layer of welded tuff, a rock formed from volcanic ash. The welded tuff from Toba's most recent blowout is 2,000 feet thick, Seaman said. On the remote Isle au Haut, part of Acadia National Park, the volcanic rocks are more than 3 miles thick, Seaman said. They're capped by an immense ash flow, more than 3,200 feet thick."

You can read the full Fox News report here.

I'd be remiss to ignore the Florida Gators' football team, one of the nation's powerhouses for the past decade and now one of its also rans.  As just about all we Gators knew would happen, the Gators lost to its most arch rival, the Georgia Bulldogs, for the third straight year.  The reason is simple:  they don't have a coaching staff.

When former coach Urban Meyer left three years ago, for some unknown reason the UF athletic director hired someone with no head coaching experience.  He demonstrates his incompetence every weekend and, since anyone who has seen a Florida game either live or on TV can call this guy's plays before every down, opposing coaches are having less and less difficulty.

The Gators may win one more game this year against a lower level club on their schedule, but it'll be very hard to watch them play South Carolina and Florida State.  The Seminoles will enjoy their alligator lunch and I dread thinking about the potential final score.

Gator coach Muschamp has simply got to be let go and some experience put in his place.  The aforementioned Meyer, on the other hand, now coaches the Ohio State Buckeyes and has them undefeated so far for the second straight year.


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