shipwrecks - It is very interesting to think about what you...

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It is very interesting to think about what you are afraid of. What are you more afraid of getting killed in a car crash or getting killed in an earthquake? The University of Florida conducted research on human fears. They found that more people are afraid of man made disasters than natural disasters. Fortunately humans are excellent at learning from their mistakes. Shipwrecks have always occurred in the oceans around the world and transportation of goods, ideas, power through ships. The Gulf of Mexico is rich with shipwrecks of every background. Spanish Explorers, oil tankers, and warships. Each ship has its own story and when found a piece of history has been uncovered. Also with tragedy comes a haven for hope. Hope for sea life, hope for a better understanding of the sea, and opportunity to grow economically. It is essential on a planet that is 71 percent water to understand how to live with the hazards of the sea. Principal factors in shipwreck locations The open sea is at the mercy of the environment that it is in. There are several reas ons ships become shipwrecked. Without knowledge of the sea that is below a ship can be punctured by coral reefs, sandbanks, waves, blowing wind, weather and other ships; seafa ring and shipwrecked. Coral reefs in the gulf region are made of chalky skeletal remains of sea creatures that sur round the islands hugging the costal regions. Most of the large ships anchor in the deep w ater outside the reef zone. Small vessels attempt to find the channel that is marked by buo
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ys. The first buoys were introduced in the late 15th century and early 16th century. Since the invention of the buoy hazards of the sea are able to warn the sailor that danger is near by. Sandbanks lie shallow and can trap an anchored ship as the tide moves out. Sandbank s are difficult to mark because the move with the currents of the ocean. As well as sandba nks, weather is unpredictable and is constantly moving. Since the introduction of satellite s in the 1960’s, satellites have allowed meteorologists to track storms and warn ships of d angerous weather. With proper navigation and awareness helmsmen can navigate the sea and avoid becoming shipwrecked. With the help of the stars, maps, and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) one can navigate
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course OCN 302 taught by Professor Hoyt during the Spring '08 term at N. Colorado.

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