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The name I've chosen comes from "Lord of the Rings," when Gandalf faces down the Balrog in the Mines of Moria. My Hebrew name is Esther (which is related to the word for "hidden" or "secret") Serafina (which means "burning"). This seems appropriate because although I don't usually put myself forward, I do care very passionately about a lot of things. Maybe through these blogs I can share some of these passions, as well as less weighty ideas and opinions, with others.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Moat of Death - what a great name

No, it's not something Dubya’s putting in around the ranch in Crawford to keep out the mothers of dead soldiers. It’s from the National Geographic website - they are busy little beavers these days, or just reporting on some really interesting finds. The disturbing part of the article is the suggestion that the "Moat of Death" may be a glimpse at the future of our oceans.

Beneath the waves of the South Pacific lies a volcanic realm nearly as strange as that featured in TV's hit drama Lost.

But instead of a mysterious island, scientists have found a bubbling submarine volcano whose weird features include a swirling vortex, a host of strange animals, and a fearsome zone of toxic waters dubbed the Moat of Death.

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