More Interesting Headlines in March 2007

Continuing to explore some of the more fascinating headlines of March, countries about the world such as Japan are in the news, and other interesting regions such as Antarctica. In this article, we will explore a solar eclipse and investigate further global warming issues.


Eclipse in Japan


Not many people will be at the right place and right time in their lifetime to catch sight of a total eclipse and even a partial eclipse is a rarity for many. In Japan, parts of the country had the chance this month to experience its first partial solar eclipse in about 2 ½ years. Once again, only those with a true enthusiasm for the sight were able to enjoy it. For a mere 26 minutes, the moon slipped in front of the sun in various sections of Japan, as well as in certain parts of East Asia and Siberia.


A partial eclipse occurs when the moon disrupts and crosses the path located between the sun and the earth. The result is the appearance that the sun cannot be seen. Those who enjoy catching a glimpse of the many solar events that occur throughout the year were able to experience this event if they remained quite attentive. This is because the eclipse wasn’t that visible to the naked eye. Since close to 10% of the sun was eclipsed, participating in the event was difficult unless you watched with a close eye or had a telescope by your side. If not, noticing any changes would be quite difficult.


The eclipse was not visible all across Japan. For example, Tokyo lacked the possibilities to take part in the event. The best views of the occurrence were said to have taken place throughout the southwestern islands of Kyushu and Shikoku, as well as on the northern island of Hokkaido. In case you were wondering, the last time a partial solar eclipse gave way in Japan was in October 2004. The next time the same type of occurrence will take place in Japan is expected on July 22nd in the year 2009.


Global Warming Affecting Ocean Currents


Just when you thought global warming could get no worse, researchers are starting to see a change in the direction of the ocean currents of the world. In parts of the Southern Ocean about the Antarctica area, the way heat is distributed across the world will be affected, according to a group of Australian scientists. Some of the events that lead experts to believe such a thing is possible come from the numerous ice sheets and glaciers that are melting in the Antarctica region. This leads to more than usual deposits of fresh water entering the bottom of the dense ocean floor. The entire circulation system of the ocean about the world stands to feel the “heat” so to speak.


As the water gets too fresh, the formation of ice and the ability to make the waters cold and salty enough for sinkage to occur. The entire globe will feel the brunt of the global changes. The water that is dense enough to sink to the ocean floor originates in Polar Regions. This allows surface water to freeze and accommodates creatures of the sea that need the coldness and salt in the water to survive. Marine animals, plants, and even bacteria will be at a loss.