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Caption This for 10/12/2018

Posted October 12, 2018 4:45 PM by MaggieMc

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10/12/2018 4:53 PM

This is the French lighthouse where they invented the square-wave generator...

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10/12/2018 5:31 PM

Grid navigation at sea....

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10/12/2018 5:36 PM

French University lab for coursework in underwater checkers and advanced coursework in underwater chess. PHD for underwater 3-D chess.

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10/12/2018 5:41 PM

Ocean experiencing grid lock?!

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10/12/2018 5:44 PM

Explanation from source:

There is no shortage of special effects on our digital screens these days, but believe it or not, there are equally peculiar phenomenons in nature that seem like work of technology rather than Mother Nature.

Isle of Rhe in France is one such destination which is known for being romantic, as well as bizarre. A tiny island measuring just 19 miles long and three miles wide, Isle of Rhe is located on the west coast of France near La Rochelle in the Atlantic Ocean and is a popular tourist destination with quaint places to stay.

Just like France's more famous southern coast, Isle of Rhe has fabulous beaches and great weather to lure tourists from all over Europe and the world. But unlike the southern coast, there is something truly unique about the waves that can be seen from many of its beaches.

To the naked eye, the waves appear to be square shaped, repeating over and over again to form a chessboard pattern on the surface of the ocean. The sight is so unusual that each year, residents and tourists alike, often flock to an old lighthouse on the shore to get a better view from its higher elevation.

What seems like the doings of aliens or an equally bizarre outer force, is actually easily explained by science.

Isle of Rhe lies at the intersection of two seas, often referred to as a cross sea. Miles under the surface of the ocean where the two meet, two different weather patterns can produce two wave systems traveling at opposing angles.

When these weather patterns last for longer periods of time, they produce these unusually large, square shapes that make for quite a sight!

While they might look beautiful, they also make the waters very dangerous. The strong currents formed due to a cross sea can be much stronger than any riptide we are familiar with.

In fact, it is not unusual to hear of ship accidents being caused as vessels get caught in these square waves. Thankfully, these square waves are not a constant phenomenon, making the beaches of Isle of Rhe mostly safe during all the other times.

http://www.lifeaspire.com/7342/the-cause-of-square-waves-in-the-ocean/

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10/13/2018 10:30 AM

Wow! Thanks for the explanation

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10/16/2018 9:46 AM

I wonder: if three seas intersected with waves from three different weather systems, would hexagon patterns be formed? I doubt any such set of conditions naturally exist, but a wave tank with three wave making agitators would probably do.

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10/12/2018 8:04 PM

French Success!

Equal opportunity has allowed the blind to find employment navigating the open sea. Lighthouses have been updated with breakers designed to broadcast a form of brail to aid navigation.

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10/12/2018 8:11 PM

A design that is archived in a very fluid manner, and encourages visitors to role up, and watch a scene that criss-crosses the coast line.

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10/12/2018 10:59 PM

You're majesty, we've received a message from the castle: "Please inform the king that after what happened to the queen, the knights, the bishops, and all the pawns, there is NO WAY I'm moving off of King's Rook 1."

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10/12/2018 11:15 PM

Oohhh..... This must be an elaborate scaled-up illustration representing space filled with quanta where a true vacuum is impossible. Impressive.

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10/13/2018 1:07 AM

Wd love to see the video

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10/13/2018 12:40 PM

Warning... turn sound off....very annoying

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10/13/2018 2:37 AM

What global warming?

They are paddy fields.

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10/13/2018 4:28 AM

Rumour has it that René Descartes invented cartesian coordinates whilst watching a fly on his tiled bedroom ceiling.

Maybe he was more active in the mornings than reported.

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10/13/2018 6:32 AM

Typical... Trying to put a round light house in a square ocean.

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10/13/2018 8:14 AM

There have been several reports of collisions between some very confused surfers.

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10/13/2018 10:54 PM

And the question is, "What is the square root of water?".

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10/14/2018 10:47 AM

I can't fathom an answer.

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10/15/2018 6:43 AM

The light house operator's boss told him to get his area squared away,so he did.

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10/15/2018 8:11 AM

NOOOO! Not B4!

You sunk my BATTLESHIP!

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10/15/2018 9:16 AM

B4 then aft

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10/15/2018 10:21 AM

I swear that lighthouse keeper is dyslexic! My message said to gird himself for heavy seas!

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10/16/2018 9:38 AM

I'm feeling boxed in.

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10/16/2018 2:31 PM

Vacation deals! Take a cruise on the Cartesian Sea!

Visit the historic Magic Square in Cartesia! Walk the Sacred Grid Labyrinth! Watch Cartesian Cartographers square the circle with Mercator Projections! Make your own Cartesian puns!

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