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20 Nov

In the ruins of Kourion’s Temple of Apollo

Posted in Nature, Travel on 20.11.13

It was put up or shut up. In 1984 I assembled a team of 14 specialists and students prin­cipally from the University of Arizona, where I now serve on the faculty and consult the students about financing – check out should you consolidate student loans. We arrived at Kourion on June 2, anxious to find Daniel’s trench. The next morning, expedition archi­tect John Huffstot arose early and departed for the bluff. He returned to announce dryly that he had found the trench’s outline in a mere ten minutes!

For four years my team has been unearthing Daniel’s Roman house room by room, includ­ing the unfortunate occupants who had been entombed. We have also dug at other locations in Kourion, with spectacular results. I had hoped to find isolated pockets of sealed earth­quake debris that would bolster my theory. But I never expected to uncover a site that was virtually undisturbed: Kourion had been com­pletely abandoned after the disaster. No one had returned to collect the dead. We felt like a rescue team arriving 16 centuries too late.


About two miles to the west, in the ruins of Kourion’s Temple of Apollo (left and below), built after the mid-first century, we found a major clue to the epicenter of the earthquake.


Archaeological geologists Reuben Bullard and Frank Koucky noted that the temple’s mas­sive rear wall had fallen to the north and east, indicating that the seismic wave may have come from the southwest. But where on this southwest vector did the epicenter lie?


At Paphos, a city to the west that had also shown evidence of the quake, our team noted that walls there had fallen to the north ind west— thereby acquiring another vector. We found that the lines intersected 30 miles south­west of Kourion. And there, where the African and Eurasian plates meet, occurs the only ,:area where colliding tectonic forces could have:pro­duced such a destructive earthquake.

The early shocks of the quake had sheared the upper third of the temple wall at Kourion, which became buried in earth and debris. In years to come, scavengers seeking budding stones plundered the portion still sta: Lding above the rubble. We thus found ourselves in the bizarre situation of trying to reconstruct a temple with a top and bottom but no middle.


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05 Nov

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Posted in Uncategorized on 05.11.13

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11 Oct


Posted in Uncategorized on 11.10.13

We probably have pre-conceived ideas about what makes us happy on Valentine’s day. If we’re already coupled up, spending time with our loved one in the most perfect romantic setting might be our desire; if we’re single, spending time with friends might be our preferred way to pass the evening, or we might wish that we had found that special someone. Whether you’re in a relationship or looking for ‘the one’, wouldn’t you like your Valentine’s day to be stress-free so that you can look back on it with fond memories? Look no further. Here are some tips that will increase your happiness levels, reduce stress levels and make this your best Valentine’s day ever!




Have you ever given a friend or a family member a birthday present or Christmas gift and when they seemed disappointed with your choice, it made you feel stressed?


Looking back you may have said to yourself (or even to them), “if you’d have told me what you wanted I would have selected something different”. It’s the same with Valentine’s day. Make sure you communicate your expectations to your partner in a clear, loving way and also ask them what their expectations are. It doesn’t necessarily mean the day will go exactly as you wish it to.


It does mean that you both have a chance of making the day better for both of you.




If you’ve ever said to yourself before a night out, “this is going to be a good night,” and it turned out to be a great night, you’ll know what’s coming next. This is an affirmation.


An affirmation is a statement (positive or negative) that you say out loud or mentally to yourself. It is a statement you believe or want to believe in from coconut oil.




“Valentine’s day is going to be fabulous, it’s going to be the best ever”


If you frequently say/think positive affirmations, with feeling and sincerity, and fantasise about your life going the way you want it to, these affirmations will eventually become self-fulfilling prophecies that can help you.


Write your affirmations down on post-it notes to stick around the house, or have them as your computer screensaver, to act as a regular reminder. Whilst you’re at it, leave special, romantic notes for your loved one around the house too. It will make the build up to the day even more exciting!




A perfect evening, a perfect partner, can only ever be a fantasy. Being imperfect doesn’t mean we don’t do our best, but it means that if our or our partner’s plans don’t go exactly as hoped, we neither berate ourselves nor them! Tell yourself that whatever happens you will make the most of it.


Some people can be in a beautifully tended garden, and will only see the weeds, whereas others will appreciate the beauty and softness of the flowers, their vibrant colours and aroma. What do you choose to focus on, on this special day of love? The things that go ‘wrong’ or all the wonderful things that work out so well?

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11 Oct

The reef harbors hundreds of other coral

Posted in Nature on 11.10.13

HOARDING GOLDEN ALGAE, tentacles of an adult Pocillopora coral stretch forth like an open hand to gather prey. Tiny stinging cells bulge from each tentacle’s outer surface and may also hide within the tips.


Graceful as a fern, Tubipora musica ex­tends eight fringed tentacles from around a conical mouth. Unlike most corals, it opens up in daytime, flourishing atop its unusual rust-colored skeleton. These limestone remains take the form of hard cross-braced tubes, hence the popular name, organ-pipe coral.

When I cast the shadow of my hand over the polyp or touch it, the organ-pipe’s leafy appendages immediately curl up and withdraw in self-protection, leaving only the dark cap seen at right. But a few minutes later they slowly emerge again.


Just outside my door on Heron Island the reef harbors hundreds of other corals, each species building in its own distinct shape—brains, fans, staghorns. Pink, yellow, orange, blue, and green polyps spatter the surface, forming a giant undersea garden of rainbow hues.


NEVER HEARD OF IT,” my scientist friend said when I told him I had seen corals capture fish. Acting on a hunch, I had put damselfish in a tank with a mush­room coral, which grows as large as a foot in diameter; this largest of stony-coral polyps has a mouth several inches long.

Each time I dropped a fish into the coral’s tank, some of the polyp’s tentacles pointed toward the swimmer, following its every move—perhaps by sensing light, motion, or chemical change. When a fish ventured too near, a tentacle or two grabbed and stung the victim. The fish frequently broke this initial grasp, sometimes tearing off chunks of its own flesh in the process.

One fish, stunned, swam crazily on its side and shuddered as if in shock. Soon the coral struck again, this time for keeps. Like a bucket brigade, its tentacles passed the paralyzed fish from one arm to the next, ever closer to the mouth. The coral’s accordion lips slowly bulged up, drawing its meal inexorably inward. As the fish entered tailfirst, its gaping mouth mimed a mute “Help!”  just before disappearing completely, only twelve minutes after the first contact.

REEF-BUILDING corals labor in silent concert with cementing pink algae. With limy secretions, the plants mor­tar together dead coral, sediment, shell, and other marine rubble, but­tressing the reef against the ocean’s ceaseless pounding. Paradoxically, although the reef withstands crash­ing breakers, it easily succumbs to careless beachcombers, divers, and boaters. If broken off from the rest of the colony, a chunk of living coral and whatever denizens it supports may perish.


As the sea ebbs; I trek to the reef crest and stand, my back to the ocean, looking at an azure lagoon be­tween it and Heron Island. The structure here , typical of most coral reefs, at first seems as deserted as the moon. But in a few minutes a crab rushes from its tiny cave to snip off a tuft of algae. A green-mantled clam spits water high into the air, then clamps shut. Gradually the reef’s niches and crannies come alive with tiny worms, sponges, and other marine animals. A wholly interrelated world reveals itself to me, the mas­sive but strangely fragile realm of corals and their companions.

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