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2008-10-04 23:56 - What Makes A Waterfall A Waterfall?

I've just posted up a Featured Article that seeks to define a waterfall. It's not as easy as you think.

Like the Waterfall Formation Article, this is just one part of a series of featured articles that will comprise what I'm calling "Waterfalls 101".

Stay tuned for more on the curriculum. In the mean time, discover for yourself how we define a waterfall... [read more]

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2008-10-05 00:02 - Determining A Waterfall's Height

Following up on the previous article on finding a waterfall definition, we now focus our attention on how you measure its height. After all, it seems the first thing that comes to mind when seeing a waterfall is how tall it is.

In this installment of Waterfalls 101, we'll show you some of the ways this done as well as go into some of the complications behind it.. [read more]

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2008-10-05 13:35 - Why Do We Care About Waterfalls?

In this installment of Waterfalls 101, we look into the importance of waterfalls. But instead of focusing on health and environmental benefits (as I've done in a previous featured article on the subject), we also look into how waterfalls can be exploited for energy.

It's a fascinating topic and indeed it could very well hold one of the keys to solving the energy and climate crises plaguing our very existence on earth.

Read on to see why... [read more]

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2008-10-05 20:29 - What Types Of Waterfalls Are There?

Indeed waterfalls come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Some have more character than others while some are more powerful.

So given all this variety, is there a way to put some order by categorizing them?

There are a few attempts at doing this, and this next installment of Waterfalls 101 will look at how they're done. [read more]

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2008-10-10 23:55 - Peruvian Nostalgia

Julie and I went to dinner at the El Rocoto Peruvian Restaurant for the first time since two weeks before our Peruvian Trip in late April. Going there brought back memories because it was not only the occasion where Julie got food poisoning from bad ceviche at that restaurant, but during our time spent in Northern Peru going from Tarapoto to Pomacochas, I had to endure food poisoning with similar symptoms of vomiting, nonstop diarrhea, and nausea.

And indeed, as Julie and I chatted over dinner, we were remembering the nicknames our guides gave to each other (e.g. BubĂș for our driver Asho), the mountainous roads with frequent landslides, the long driving, the brutal hiking to Catarata de Yumbilla, Catarata de Chinata, and Catarata Gocta (the whole purpose of the Northern Peru portion of the trip), and the authentic Peruvian food we tried to get while we were in the country.

As we dined over tallarin saltado de mariscos and lomo saltado, we thought about the humble but deliciously good home-cooked meals at Cocachimba, a local joint in Rioja that ended up being the only place we encountered that had the familiar green sauce you get at El Pollo Inka Restaurants with roasted chicken (which I couldn't eat because I had food poisoning), Pez de Rey (kingfish) at Pomacochas (again, which I couldn't eat because of my food poisoning), and even trying some overpriced cuy (guinea pig) in Cusco. I guess you can't get much more authentically Peruvian than cuy, which I'm sure no chain Peruvian Restaurant in Los Angeles would even touch.

Indeed, Julie and I were amused at how such a simple act of eating at a local joint brought back such memories of our time in Peru. Here's hoping we can experience more of that in the near future despite the economic conditions we're all facing (or about to face)... [read more]

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2008-10-11 12:00 - Waterfalls in the Movies

Ever since the Lord of the Rings trilogy influenced our decision to honeymoon in New Zealand, I started to think about the other movies that featured waterfalls in them. So which movies featured such waterfalls? Read on to find out! [read more]

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2008-10-14 16:34 - The Devaluing of the Icelandic Krona

Well the financial mess that is currently going on has definitely gone global and it has essentially bankrupted the country of Iceland.

Back when Julie and I were visiting Iceland in the summer of 2007, it was one of our most expensive trips to date! Indeed, the Icelandic Kroner was valued at nearly 60 kroner to 1 US dollar. That ultimately translated to $25 pizzas, $25 hamburgers, $200/night for a double in three or two-star accommodations (It was over $360/night for what seemed like a dorm room in Reykjavik!), $40-$60 main course dishes (i.e. fish or lamb, respectively), $120 pocket Icelandic-to-English dictionary, etc. etc. We thought the $3 hot dogs were reasonably priced, and in fact, we pretty much dined on a mostly artery-clogging diet of hot dogs, burgers, and pizzas just so we don't go broke during the trip.

We wondered how the locals live under such pricey conditions, and after several inquiries, we learned that most of them worked two or three jobs. Plus, most of the citizens were living on credit. So you can imagine how devastated both the banks and the locals were once the credit bubble burst. I feel real bad for the Icelandic people, but I know they're pretty hardy survivors and they'll get through this.

The last we checked, the Icelandic Kroner is now trading at over 100 Ikr to 1 USD. I guess this will mean pretty affordable prices for travelers to the country these days.

If you're curious to see what visiting Iceland is like... [read more]

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2008-10-16 18:46 - Last Blog Entry With This Tool

I've switched over to another blog tool that is far more fully featured than what I've been using for the past couple of years. To jump to the new World of Waterfalls Blog, click here. I'm sure once you see the new blog, you can probably recognize the new tool I'm using :)

So this is going to be the last entry with the current tool, but we'll keep the blog entries around in case you'd like to see all prior blog entries. Think of it like an archive, but there will be newer archives on the new blog tool from here on out.

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