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Young Solo Sailor Lost at Sea by Josh Axelrod

Posted in STUDENT POSTS MARKING PERIOD 3 on June 10, 2010 by mrbgeography

Abby Sunderland was just a normal 16 year old girl from California. But she had a dream, to sail around the world. And she tried. On January 23 she took off  trying to get the record for youngest person to solo sail the world. Her brother held the record and she wanted it. She set out in her 40 foot boat called Wild Eyes. Very soon though she ran into shortages with equipment and needed repairs. She decided to give up the record, which she would have to make by April. However Abby still wanted to sail the world. In May the record was broken by Jessica Watson, who was also 16. But by then that wasn’t Abby’s only problem.

The seas were not calm. It was starting to get stormy, and Jessica Watson logged, “I’ve been in some rough weather for awhile with winds steady at 40-45 knots with higher gusts.” This is probably the reason of Abby’s disappearance. Today (June 10th) they’ve lost all connection with her. The last they heard from her she was in the middle of the South Indian Ocean. Many officials say it is common for brutal conditions to occur in that area of the earth. The U.S. and international governments have put together a search team to look between Australia and Africa.

I think this is a very sad story. Poor Abby. She just wanted to prove to herself and family that she could do what her brother did. And now she’s lost at sea. I think the remarkable thing is that not just once but twice the parents allowed these children to sail across the world. Not exactly the greatest parenting skills. This is happening much more frequently. First two 16 year-olds and a 17 year-old sailing across the world. And then there’s a 12 year-old bullfighter in Mexico. Plus the 13 year-old that just climbed Mount Everest. I think this is not appropriate for a child to do. I would never do something nearly as extreme as that.

Abby before she disappeared

Would you ever do something to set a record?

How would you feel if you were in Abby’s place?

What would you do if you were lost at sea?


Nevada By Jessica Vilarino

Posted in STUDENT POSTS MARKING PERIOD 3 on June 9, 2010 by mrbgeography

Nevada is one of the states I find so interesting.  Las Vegas, Nevada’s most populated city is located on the southern tip.  The capital of Nevada is Carson City. It is located on the western part of Nevada. Something very interesting about Nevada is that it’s name comes from a Spanish word for snowy. Also, its nickname is The Silver State. In 1864, Nevada became the United States 36th state.  Also, Nevada’s population is 2,414,807. Nevada has 16 counties, its state bird is Mt. bluebird and its state flower is Sage bush. The area of the land is 109,806 square miles and a famous person from Nevada is Andre Agassi. The highest point in Nevada is Boundary Peak which is 13,143 feet. Lastly, Nevada’s motto is “All for our country.”

 In Nevada there is a wide spread of temperature throughout the months. In January the average temperature is 45 degrees Fahrenheit. This is very different from New Jersey because here our average is about 35 degrees Fahrenheit. It is a large difference. In Nevada there is an average temperature of 91 degrees Fahrenheit. Our average is about 80 degrees Fahrenheit. This is also a large difference. As you can see there are so many different things about Nevada compared to New Jersey.

In Nevada there are so many things you can do. I feel that they are “lucky” to have weather so they can just walk or do anything outside. Also, I feel that a lot of people judge Nevada by Las Vegas and casinos but there is so much more to the magnificent state. Other than Las Vegas it is pretty calm. I feel bad that some people “judge” the state. If I was older and ready to retire I would retire there because there is so much to do and see. My opinion of Nevada is that it is a magnificent state. This is the best and most interesting state to me.

This is Nevada.


Discussion Questions:

1.      What are some interesting facts you picked up on while reading the article?

2.      What is the difference in temperature for where you live?

      3. What is you opinion of Las Vegas, Nevada?

The horrible Oil Crisis

Posted in STUDENT POSTS MARKING PERIOD 3 on June 9, 2010 by mrbgeography

The Oil Spill

Or, rather, faces — at once primordially familiar and yet utterly strange under their new bronze patinas. As close-up photographs begin to appear that document the insult and injury done to coastal wildlife by the Deepwater Horizon leak, public pressure on the Obama administration and BP to stop the leak — stoked by an emotional response to such troubling images — will surely grow.

These are the faces that government officials and oil executives may see in their nightmares.

“The pelican is the state bird,” said Andy Levin, a photographer who lives in New Orleans and edits the Web photography journal 100Eyes. “That image pretty much sums it up, the one Charlie Riedel took yesterday.”

Mr. Riedel, 48, has been an Associated Press photographer for 10 years. He is based in Kansas City but is now on assignment in the Gulf. He photographed the pelicans and other oil-covered waterfowl while accompanying Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana on a tour of East Grand Terre Island on Thursday. The Big Picture on posted them (“Caught in the Oil“) and drew more than 1,500 comments.

On Friday, Getty Images transmitted another extraordinary series of wildlife portraits, these by Win McNamee.

“They’re definitely everlasting at this point,” said Denis Paquin, the deputy director of photography at The Associated Press. “That is the power of still photos. This is the start of it, in a sense. They have become that iconic yet horrible vision of what people had expected to see.”

a bird covered in oil from Exxon ValdezJack Smith/Associated Press A victim of the Exxon Valdez spill.

Strong words, but not much of a stretch. Think of it: if you were to close your eyes and try to bring one image to mind from the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster in Prince William Sound, Alaska, it would probably be a single animal — not any wide-angle, comprehensive panorama. “You will remember a bird completely covered in oil,” Mr. Paquin said. “In the eyes, you can see there’s something wrong. And you can study it. The eyes always tell a story.” It is important, too, that most of the birds pictured by Mr. Riedel and Mr. McNamee were alive. To the extent that anthropomorphic empathy kicks in, it comes much more easily looking at an individual, sentient creature and wondering, “What would that even feel like?”

These new photographs are fundamentally different from those that have, so far, dominated news coverage: talking heads at lecterns; orchestrated beach visits; aerial views that attempt to convey the extent of the leak but manage, in an awful way, to be captivating in their beauty; or underwater photos that are almost as fascinating as they are horrifying.

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DESCRIPTIONSean Gardner/Reuters May 8.

The pictures by Mr. Riedel and Mr. McNamee are not the first taken of distressed wildlife since the leak began on April 20. But it may be safe to say they’re the most extensive and intimate. The images of creatures with clots and clumps of oil on their feathers “would bring most people to tears, whether they like seabirds or not,” Mr. Paquin said.

Mr. Levin has been struggling — as every photojournalist has — with restricted access and sanitized scenes on the Gulf coast. Speaking of Mr. Riedel’s work, he said: “I would love to have taken it. I’m sad that it had to be taken. But I’m glad it got taken.”

For the record, Mr. Paquin added, “I’m told that the birds that were still alive — mostly pelicans and up to 40 of them — were taken to a bird cleaning facility in Ft. Jackson and are being cared for.”

i Think that the oil spill has been a horrible disaster. it’s been creating new problems for many people that live near the gulf. the oil spill has been effecting fishermen and wildlife the most. the fishermen are failing to get fish and shrimp. the shrimping season is coming up and the oil is already spreading fast. some of the fishermen can already be lossing there jobs because they can’t catch anythin because of the oil crisis. also, the oil spill has been killing most of the animals and wild life. for example, the birds can get contaminated from the oil in the water and will try to clean itsef. the bird won’t have time for getting food. it will stick to there feathers. also it will kil most of the animal life in the water including the marine life underwater.


1) What would you do to help clean the oil spill? 

2) What caused the oil spill?

3)what are some new ways people can clean the oil spill?

4) how much oil do you think got out into the ocean? Explain.

5) Where is the oil tation located?

6) what  are some ,,ways that we can clean up the oil mess?

7) what materials can you use to clean up oil?

“Cleaning Up the Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico by:Sofia Jimenez”

Posted in STUDENT POSTS MARKING PERIOD 3 on June 9, 2010 by mrbgeography

Although the Coast Guard had trained to clean up a disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it had never come to mind that the oil would spread from miles and miles as the current spill has done. The oil has separated into thousands of small patches. This makes it harder for us to be able to clean the oil up. Cleaning up the oils is a major challenge. It would take until autumn to deal with the thick oil. The oil has nor spread across four states of the gulf.

We will be living with this issue for a couple of months. We have made some progress since the spill which occurred about a month and a couple of days ago.The amount of oil that they have been collecting is up to 11,000 barrels a day. I am happy that we acted fast on this disaster before wost things could have happened. We are trying very hard to clean up this oil spill before it affects any other under sea species or animals. The biggest problem is figuring out how much money it will cost to clean up the oil spill.

The oil spill has already affected the economy and animals that live in or near the water that contains oil. Many fish have died over the past month. Fisherman have lost their jobs from the loss of fish in the ocean. Sea food restaurants have also closed down from the cause of the decreasing fish. The oil can even spread up the coast and reach New York and New Jersey. We have built barriers so the oil won’t reach land and take the lives of other animals and our beautiful beaches. We will pay the money it needs until the oil spill is cleaned up.

By: Joseph Berger, Brian Knowlton, and Henry Fountain

Do you think we should blame someone for this oil spill? How long do you think it will take until the oil spill is all cleaned up? How can you help at cleaning up the oil spill at the Gulf of Mexico?

Complain online you may get sue

Posted in STUDENT POSTS MARKING PERIOD 3 on June 9, 2010 by mrbgeography

Many people are using Facebook, blogs or sites such as to vent their frustrations with other people or businesses.  This could be a big mistake because the person you complain or talk negatively about could sue you.

Recently a knitting store in Omaha Nebraska sued a customer for writing negative comments about the store in her personal blog. The  store sued for $500,000, but later dropped the case.

Everyone has the right to free speech as long as it is accurate, but if you are sued, you may have to spend money to pay a lawyer to defend your right to free speech.  There are laws in place to try to dismiss lawsuits that try to limit your right to free  speech, but is it worth it?

Do you use your Facebook page or any other intenet site to post your opinion?

Will you be more careful about what you write in the future?

By: Brittany Brown 6-9-10

OIL CAP by Nimit Patel


U.S. officials said that a cap installed over a leaking oil pipe is capturing more than 460,000 gallons  of oil per day. Instead of spilling into the Gulf, the oil was being funneled up through pipe to a ship on the surface. The spill isn’t over, large amounts of oil still billow out of vents in the cap. But for the first time since the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded April 20, humans seemed to be partly in control of the leaking BP well, instead of the other way around.

Admiral Allen a coast guard, yesterday told reporters a cap on the damaged oil well is keeping up to 462,000 gallons of oil a day from leaking into the Gulf. That’s up from about 441,000 gallons on Saturday and about 250,000 on Friday. BP in a statement put the amount being captured at 466,200 gallons. Admiral Allen said the government was using its own flow-rate calculations and not relying on those from BP.

Some reflections that I have about this story is that I feel very bad for all the animals and people who live in the oil spill area. I think that all the animals might become extinct because of all the oil and then they will mostly become covered in oil. Another thing is that the oil is going to effect jobs and bussiness people in the area. Hopefully nothing will happen and then the oil will finally stop and end.

Will the oil go away by the end of the year?

What are other ways to stop the oil?

How does the oil effect jobs?

The Oil Spill Is Not For The Birds

Posted in STUDENT POSTS MARKING PERIOD 3 on June 9, 2010 by mrbgeography

The Oil Spill is not for the Birds

by Isaiah period 7

I watched in horror as pictures of oiled birds are seen dead or struggling to survive in their environment. The Louisiana brown pelican were considered an endangered species. In 1919, 50,000 individual pelicans were in Louisiana. The numbers of pelicans declined over time that by 1963 no pelicans were seen in Louisiana. The decline of the pelicans left scientist baffled. In the mid 1960’s California experienced a decline in pelican population, but this time scientists were able to figure out the cause of the decline because they had the birds to test. Scientist figured out that this was due to a chemical plant putting in DDT into Los Angeles sewer system, which got into the pelican system after they ate anchovies and fish. This DDT affected the thickness of the pelican’s eggs that when the pelican sat on their egg it would be destroyed this slowed down reproduction.
The Brown pelicans were reintroduced into the wild in the 1970’s. The population grew and eight years ago they were considered secure. But now with the BP oil spill which occurred April 20th 2010 and is considered America’s worst environmental disaster. It is sad to see all these birds struggling to survive in what could be a toxic environment. And to think years ago when they were considered endangered that too was caused by man made disasters. The birds are being rescued and washed of the oil, but I really hope that a solution will be found to stop the oil spill because this is not good for the birds, fish or anyone.










What do you think should be done to save the pelicans? Explain.
What do you think will happen to the population of pelicans? Explain
Who else will be affected by the oil spill? Explain.


Los Angeles Times

The Brown Pelican’s Return to coastal Louisiana- part 1



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