Category Archives: Natural phenomena

How do oceans determine regional climatic conditions-Part II

Well, hello there!

I know it has been a while, but with the ever warmer summers that we have been having (thanks for that, by the way) I get extremely busy this time of year. Now that we are back we shall continue our discussion on the effects of oceans on the world climate, and subsequently, the contemporary world. This post is the continuation of the effects of oceans on regional climate. If you haven’t read it already, please do so by clicking here. Caught up? Good, let us continue. Continue reading How do oceans determine regional climatic conditions-Part II


How do oceans determine regional climatic conditions? Part I- Effect

This post is part of a series of posts written by Priyadarshan Pandey. 

Welcome back, watermen (no?)!

So, in the last couple of posts we talked about the reason for my importance, my structure on an atomic level and the properties it generates, and my role in sustaining life on earth. And we talked about my birth and cosmological significance. Today I would like to resume this conversation, but on a more local level (both temporally and spatially). Continue reading How do oceans determine regional climatic conditions? Part I- Effect

About Water, and its place in the Universe

This is the second post in the water series, written by Priyadarshan Pandey.

The first post of the series- click here.

If you’re anything like me, you love the universe and are fascinated by its size and lore. To quote the great Douglas Adams,

“Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mindbogglingly big it is. I mean you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.” – Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy

It is filled with mysteries beyond our understanding (yet) and energy so destructive it is spectacular. It must really make one consider his/her place in the universe, right? I’m genuinely asking. You see being the awesome work of nature that I am, I have never worried about my cosmological insignificance.


You humans might try to reassure yourself of your worth by tattooing we are all stardust on your back but I literally AM stardust. So yeah, we’re going to talk about my place in the universe today.

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About Water-Why is it so important and what makes it so special?

(This is a blog series on water, written by Priyadarshan Pandey.)

It’s World Water day! Is there a better day to start knowing more about me? I don’t think so!

Hello, there! I am your friend (cum creator cum nurturer) H2O, but you can call me Water. In this series of blogs, I will be telling you all about myself; past, present, and future. So come along and enjoy this journey (nay, voyage) as we explore the far seas of our understanding of nature, the life it sustains, and it’s most important cog, me.

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Forest fires and climate change: is there a link?

While the cases of forest fires have been increasing all over the world, most of them have been due to human activities and carelessness. As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, Forest Survey of India believes that 95% of the fires caused are due to human negligence. In this post, I’m going to be looking at whether climate change is having an effect on the intensity and frequency of the caused forest fires.

We need to understand two things if we are to see if climate change will have an impact on forest fires:

(1) What kind of effects does climate change bring with it?

(2) Do these effects supplement causes of fires?

(3) What has been the trend in the last 10 years?

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Forest Fires: A burning issue

Forests have been a natural resource that humans have depended on for millions of years. Today, forests are also one of the most “endangered” natural resource. We are cutting down about 13 million hectares of forest per year all over the world. Asia has the lowest forest cover in the world; less than 20% of the total land area. In India, the current statistics say that forests cover 21% of the land in the country (which could be slightly higher than the actual cover. Governments are known to exaggerate stats).

Estimated deforestation, by type of forest and time period (pre 1700-2000) – FAO (2012)0
Forest cover changes from 1700-2010. Source: FAO (2012)

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Slope stability

Construction of buildings in itself is a big, big project. It’s something that sets human beings apart as a species. And we have broken so many barriers when it comes to choosing a site to construct anything. When you look at construction projects being taken up under the sea floor, or hundreds of feet below ground, the remarkability of constructions on a slope diminishes. Nevertheless, this is one of the basic challenges a civil engineer faces and plays an important role in preventing damages through disasters like earthquakes and landslides.

An important factor taken into consideration in such situations is the slope stability analysis.  Continue reading Slope stability