Saturday, October 17, 2009

SS-13 Polar Adventure

On Monday, Sam and the crew will be heading North for their next adventure - way up North! Moses Henderson, a wealthy sportsman and big game hunter and his hunting partner, Snowshoe Charlie, have disappeared in the cold wilderness of Alaska. Home base in Skagway has not heard from them in over a week and they fear that they are lost or dead. A lost mine, an old Indian chief, Notomok, and a huge polar bear are at the heart of this bone chilling adventure. Notomok's secret leads Moses Henderson not only to be found but to find the secret of peace with God and the forgiveness of sins.

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Real-Lfe Volcanoes

It doesn't take much searching to find real-life eruptions as dangerous as Sam's last adventure Volcano. There are many active volcanoes at this very moment and many more from the past that have destroyed cities or blown whole islands off the map.

You are probably familiar with volcanoes like Mt. Vesuvius that destroyed the Roman city of Pompeii. Then there is Mt. St. Helens in the US that erupted in 1980 and killed 58 people. And then there is Mt. Pinatubo that erupted in 1991 in the Philippines.

On August 26-27, 1883, the Indonesian volcano Krakatoa erupted in the Sunda Straight between Java and Sumatra, totally destroying itself and most of the island of Krakatoa. 3 explosions occured during the eruption. One of those explosions was the loudest ever heard. It could be heard 3,000 miles away!!! As many as 40,000 people may have been killed by the 50' waves produced by the associated earthquake. Those waves traveled up to 8,000 miles.

In April of 1815, Indonesia saw an even greater eruption, Tambora, on the island of Sumbawa.

The largest volcano in recorded history may have been Thera about 1630 BC on the island of Santorini, between Greece, Crete, and Turkey. Santorini was the home of the Minoan civilization. Thera was 4 or 5 times larger than Krakatoa and left Santorini as a thin crescent island. The Minoans were also destroyed, never to reappear.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Nancy and the Whale

A whale makes friends with little Nancy and won't leave. The situation nearly turns disastrous. What will Sam and the crew of the Porpoise do to discourage Nancy's new "pet."