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By Michael J. Tougias, Casey Sherman

The real tale of a major catastrophe and heroic rescue at sea advised via masterful storytellers.

In the wintry weather of 1952, New England used to be battered through the main brutal nor'easter in years. because the climate wreaked havoc on land, the freezing Atlantic grew to become a wind-whipped area of peril.

In the early hours of Monday, February 18, whereas the typhoon raged, oil tankers, the Pendleton and the citadel Mercer, discovered themselves within the related scary hindrance. equipped with "dirty steel," and never ready to resist such ferocious seas, either tankers break up in , leaving the handfuls of fellows on board completely on the Atlantic's mercy.

The best Hours is the gripping, precise tale of the valiant try to rescue the souls huddling contained in the damaged halves of the 2 ships. Coast defend cutters raced to assistance from these at the castle Mercer, and whilst it grew to become obvious that the halves of the Pendleton have been at risk of capsizing, the defend despatched out thirty-six-foot lifeboats besides. those wood boats, manned through purely 4 seamen, have been dwarfed by means of the big seventy-foot seas. because the tiny rescue vessels set out from the coast of Cape Cod, the boys aboard have been all absolutely conscious that they have been embarking on what may simply develop into a suicide mission.

The spellbinding story is overflowing with breathtaking scenes that sear themselves into the mind's eye, as boats capsize, bows and sterns crash into each other, and males hurl themselves into the raging sea of their terrifying conflict for survival.

Not the entire eighty-four males stuck at sea in the middle of that brutal typhoon survived, yet contemplating the chances, it's a miracle—and a testomony to their bravery—that any got here domestic to inform their stories at all.

Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman have seamlessly woven jointly their wide learn and firsthand interviews to create an unforgettable story of heroism, triumph, and tragedy, one who really tells of the Coast Guard's most interesting hours.

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2001) analyzed in more detail why Br2 and BrCl are present in roughly equal concentrations (and why BrCl was much more abundant than Cl2), despite the fact that chlorine is 33 ,650 times more abundant than bromine in seawater. 5), and, probably most important, differences in the kinetics and thermodynamics between bromine and chlorine. Michalowski et al. (2000) calculated that the source of bromine from Br2 photolysis is about an order of magnitude larger than bromine release from BrCl after sunrise.

The reason is probably less transport to the site of air masses that had been in contact with the Arctic Ocean in 1996 than in 1995. Tarasick and Bottenheim (2002) investigated ozonesonde records from the 1990s to early 2000s and could identify ODEs at several stations in the Arctic. Differences in occurrence seem to be related to differences in average springtime surface temperatures. 59% per year. , 1998; Chance, 1998). In the southern hemisphere, after polar sunrise, enhanced VCDs of BrO were located in large patches between 778 S and 598 S, at the edge and equatorwards of the Antarctic continent over the ocean.

2002). Figure 5 shows monthly averages of BrO vertical columns in winter/spring for both hemispheres. , Siberia) is impressive. 3 Sources of Active Bromine Within a few years from the discovery of the ODEs, the BrO þ BrO catalytic reaction cycle was confirmed as the main sink for ozone. The main process leading to the release of reactive bromine to the atmosphere was more difficult to identify. It now appears that the main source for the reactive gaseous bromine compounds are chemical reactions in the snowpack and on top of fresh (one-year-old) sea ice.

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