Photographer Neil A. White's 'Lost Villages'
project chronicles the effects of coastal erosion on the Holderness coast, in the north-east of England. It's inspired by the disappearance of Ravenser Odd
in the 14th century. (Via BBC News
posted by Catseye
on Apr 11, 2013 -
"Welcome to CDOI. This website is interested in the armorunit blocks of breakwater. Shape and the situation are taken in the photograph and researched." [more inside]
posted by alby
on Jul 14, 2011 -
The Lighthouse Directory
. An information portal for over 9000 lighthouses, and sites of former lighthouses, all around the world. Photos, histories, technical specifications, etc. Most of the links are very thorough, with some including excerpts from keepers' logs. The site also includes links to current news stories and general historical articles related to lighthouses.
posted by amyms
on Apr 22, 2008 -
Whistleblower uses YouTube to out key coup co-conspirator,
Lockheed Martin, contracted to prepare coast a guard fleet to be easily compromised by...who knows? Terrorists?
Is this glaring, bumbling private-sector incompetance, or very competant, efficient planning for a fall back to such an explanation should something occur? Either way, pretty clear who's in cahoots and not a ringing endorsement for the virtues of the private sector. Let's see if some government oversight can do something about it (not holding my breath) now that the whistleblower's statement is on you tube.
Washington Post:On YouTube, Charges of Security Flaws
posted by Unregistered User
on Aug 29, 2006 -
The life and times of the British seaside holiday.
The BBC explore the Victorian beginings
of this British cultural export
, its history and heyday
, and the slow decline into genteel decay - and not so genteel
- decay.Perhaps buoyed by nostalgia for childhood memories of lemonade ice lollies, sticky gobs of tar underfoot, and sand sandwiches, there's a move to promote regeneration and reinvention
. Especially now that the beaches
are cleaner than ever
, although some still occasionally subject to unpleasant bobbing objects
Although any regeneration might play on icons like the piers
, beach huts
, grand hotels
, and classic cafes
, it's perhaps less likely to feature traditional and dubious delights like Punch and Judy
, end of the pier shows, fearsome landladies and holiday camps
. The builders of new sandcastles have grander plans, whether that be the Las Vegas of the northwest
, the artist's paradise of St Ives
, the surfer's paradise of Newquay
, or Hove's multi-coloured pleasure dome
. Anyway, would you like this open or wrapped?
posted by reynir
on Aug 22, 2006 -
Wade in the Water
In 2004, Smithsonian Folklife Festival
featured the maritime cultures of the Mid-Atlantic region, from Long Island to North Carolina. Now, this site gives a home on the web to the cultural documentation gathered for the festival -- music
, stories and oral history
, an interactive map
, the occupational folklore and natural history of regional fisheries
, video, and more. The material, ably compiled by folklorists and educators, creates a lasting and very accessible archive of festival highlights as well as an excellent overview of the distinct coastal culture of the Mid-Atlantic. Don't miss the great menhaden net-hauling chantey Help Me to Raise 'Em
(links to mp3).
posted by Miko
on Mar 27, 2006 -
Decades of dumping chemical arms leave a risky legacy
The Army now admits that it secretly dumped 64 million pounds of nerve and mustard agents into the sea, along with 400,000 chemical-filled bombs, land mines and rockets and more than 500 tons of radioactive waste - either tossed overboard or packed into the holds of scuttled vessels.
These weapons of mass destruction virtually ring the country, concealed off at least 11 states - six on the East Coast, two on the Gulf Coast, California, Hawaii and Alaska. Few, if any, state officials have been informed of their existence.
posted by notmtwain
on Nov 4, 2005 -
Hermit crabs need your help.
The intended audience of the Hand Up Project is someone who, while walking on a beach, might pause to contemplate a slowly ambulating hermit crab, wearing on its back a tiny, man-made plastic house bearing a corporate logo.
posted by Turtles all the way down
on Nov 21, 2004 -