Aug 19 2013

A Few Good Reads (8/19/13): Manitou Springs Flooding, Record Deluge in Russia

This week: Flash flooding and the recovery in Manitou Springs, record floods in Russia, a time lapse of the mouth of Elwha River, and 40 interested maps of the world.



Running and recovery in Manitou Springs (KOAA NBC)

Amazingly much of the clean up work had been done before the marathon, areas that were once covered with inches of black mud swept from the Waldo Canyon burn scar where clear on Sunday. Of course, physical and emotional scars still remained.

“We lost the back stairs to the deck, the deck is still there but the back stairs are gone,” Breazier said of the damage to the Lane Mitchell building. “We just want it to stop, it’s time to stop.”


The worst-affected regions are Khabarovsk, Amur and the Jewish Autonomous region. Initially 17,000 people were evacuated. However authorities have become increasingly concerned about the safety of people in the flood threatened areas that as many as 170,000 people are now believed to have been evacuated by relief and rescue teams, many of them by boat.

Many of us have marveled at some of the photography coming out of the Elwha, from people like Tom Roorda and John Gussman (amongst others). Their imagery tells the story of the removal and restoration better than the science in most cases.


40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World (Twisted Sifter)

If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this collection aims to do just that.

Hopefully some of these maps will surprise you and you’ll learn something new. A few are important to know, some interpret and display data in a beautiful or creative way, and a few may even make you chuckle or shake your head.

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