Why Evolution Is True
Why Evolution is True is a blog written by Jerry Coyne, centered on evolution and biology but also dealing with diverse topics like politics, culture, and cats.
From my crib, about an hour ago:
Wow – nice crib view!
In Southern New Zealand (south of the Waitaki river) a crib is a holiday home – in the nature of things, usually by water. (North of that, it’s a bach, pronounced “batch”) What’s a crib in American?
Livin’ like the Arpad Busson of Chicago.
Arpad was the founder of the Magyar royal dynasty – methinks you mean another Arpad!
I never noticed a Magyar hedge fund on the NYSE.
Oh I see – he is named after a Hungarian. Sorry.
Over the Easter holiday I took a trip up to Darwin to visit friends. Your photo reminds me of the equally gorgeous sunset shots I took when I was there.
I have a question Jerry: Lake Michigan is large enough to look like the sea, but does it feel different to the sea? The photos I’ve seen of the lake show that it has waves, but I’m assuming no tides?
When I first arrived in Darwin I noticed the sea air smelled different to that in Melbourne, which is unsurprising since we’re comparing the tropical Timor Sea with the Southern Ocean. How does a freshwater lake, esp one as large as Lake Michigan, compare to the sea? Thanks for your kind indulgence.
According to research from the UEA in 2007, published in Science (using good North Norfolk mud!) – the sea smell is dimethyl sulfide –
Got to love that page number: 666.
No tides, no salt, no jellyfish. Got some nice petrified sand dunes on the east side of the lake.
At one time there was a problem with dead alewives washing ashore, but I think that has been mostly remedied.
It seems that jellyfish, specifically the lethal box jellyfish, are common in Darwin during certain months. That and crocs make swimming rather dangerous in the otherwise beautiful water. Such a shame.
Seeing people having to make do with the local wave pool kinda broke my heart.
With the acidification of the oceans it has been suggested that jellyfish might increase, but that was not supported by the last bit of evidence I read. However with over fishing there may well be a ‘rebalanced’ food chain in the oceans. Perhaps another weit reader is a marine biologist?
Ah – another invasive species. Did the lampreys eat them all?
They introduced hybrid Coho salmon to eat the alewives. I have not been following the situation and do not know how well it worked, or if other measures were tried.
This article would be more informative if it were dated.
No crocodiles, salt water or fresh. No sea snakes. No stinging coral, stonefish, sharks, etc. etc. etc. The biota of Lake Michigan is pretty harmless.
There are some wicked undertow currents if you swim in the wrong place, but overall it is much safer than most oceans.
Echo Reginald. No tides, no salt. Not really like an ocean at all, except that you can’t see the other side.
And, while we can get some pretty big waves, it doesn’t happen often in Chicago due to the prevailing winds generally blowing from west to east. They get all kinds of crap weather in Indiana and Michigan, though.
Does it live up to the name ‘windy city’?
“Windy city” was a political comment. It does get actually windy here, though. But the windiest place, in my experience, is the 2 years I spent in Fargo, ND at NDSU.
Interesting! Not down to diet then…
Are you suggesting there’s something wrong with ingesting barbequed ribs, Italian beef and pizza at every meal?
Not if it’s stuffed pizza.
I always thought it did– but mainly due to the Really Tall Building Effect. But Indiana does get all the crap weather (Hoosier Girl here, born and bred)…
Aack! This was supposed to be under Dominic’s comment up there…
Also– *great* shot!
The sun rises at 3:45? Rilly? Or is your clock set ahead…It is, isn’t it.
Just trying to get my geography straight. I’m thinking one has to go pretty far north of both Chicago and Seattle to get sunrise at 3:45 in early May.
Sunrise today was 5:42 am, CDT.
The WEIT website clock is 2 hours earlier than Central Daylight Time. It was only off by 1 hour before we went on daylight saving time. I have no idea why.
Blue shift from fast blogging.
There is a really nice astronomy clock here – put in your home city etc to see sunrise times & more
That’s a wonderful photo – quite dramatic in effect.