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first_img If you would like to know more about Indonesia, see Wonderful Indonesia – Indonesia’s official tourism website – or on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+, Youtube (see the best of Indonesia on film here), [ and ]( 8. Sawarna BeachRice paddy fields, rows of coconut trees and the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean stretching out before you: these are just some of the wonderful sights that await when you arrive in Sawarna on the south coast of Java Island. Get some surf time in on Sawarna Beach, where the waves have attracted board pros from all over the world. The karst caves in Sawarna are also worth a day trip inland. Watch out for the hundreds of bats that hang from the walls of Lalay Cave. Winter blues already setting in? Want to escape to a sun-soaked beach somewhere exotic?Golden sands stretching for miles, warm tropical waters and a stay in a cute beach bungalow that won’t break the bank: sounds like the ideal getaway? Indonesia has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and a trip to any of them could be just the ticket if the winter’s already got you dreaming of summer sun. Here are eight of the best Indonesian beaches.1. Pink Beach, KomodoWhen you think of Indonesian hideaways you probably think of remote islands, tropical rainforests and golden sandy beaches. Komodo certainly ticks all of these boxes, with one exception, this particular slice of paradise features pink beaches, made from mixed white and red sands. There are plenty of secluded spots to throw down your beach towel, but if you’re after a bit more adventure then check out some of the local wildlife. Try snorkelling or diving, or stay on dry land and head out in search of the island’s most famous residents, Komodo dragons. 4. Pandawa BeachOne of south Bail’s most secluded stretches of sand, Pandawa Beach is the spot for watersport enthusiasts, with plenty of great opportunites to go canoeing or paragliding. If you’re in town during March then you must check out Melasti, a religious parade held to purify the world as part of Hindu-Balinese New Year celebrations. RelatedExplore Komodo National Park in IndonesiaHere be dragons…if you thought giant lizards only existed in Game of Thrones, think again. Komodo National Park in Indonesia is the only place on Earth you can see the fascinating Komodo Dragon in the wild. Throw in world-class diving, snorkelling and coral-pink beaches, and you’ve got a holiday destination…50 of the world’s most beautiful beaches: in picturesDreaming of summer and longing to park your bum on some sand? Here’s our selection of 50 of the most perfect beaches in the world, including beautiful spots in Bali, hidden coves in Cornwall and spectacular stretches of black sand in Hawaii.10 of the most beautiful beaches in ItalyWhite sand, bays, inlets and coves: here are 10 show-stopping stretches of Italian shores.last_img read more

Surface trembling detected on Mars for the first time

first_img Email Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country JPL-Caltech/NASA By Paul VoosenMar. 18, 2019 , 6:10 PM THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS—After months of delicate maneuvering, NASA’s InSight lander has finished placing its hypersensitive seismometer on the surface of Mars. The instrument is designed to solve mysteries about the planet’s interior by detecting the booming thunder of “marsquakes.” But just a few weeks into its run, the car-size lander has already heard something else: atmosphere-driven trembling that continually roils our red neighbor. If marsquakes are the drum solo, these microseisms, as they’re known, are the bass line.The signal first became apparent in early February, as soon as the lander placed a protective shield over the seismometer, said Philippe Lognonné, a planetary seismologist at Paris Diderot University who heads the team that runs the instrument, in a talk here today at the annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. “We do believe that these signals are waves coming from Mars.” This is the first time, he said, that such microseisms have been detected on another planet.On Earth, microseisms are ubiquitous, caused largely by the sloshing of the ocean by storms and tides. Mars, despite the dreams of science fiction writers, has no present-day oceans. Instead, this newly discovered noise is likely caused by low-frequency pressure waves from atmospheric winds that rattle the surface, inducing shallow, longer-period waves in the surface, called Rayleigh waves, Lognonné said. Surface trembling detected on Mars for the first timecenter_img NASA’s InSight lander places a protective, dome-shaped shield above its seismometer. 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Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Even though InSight has not yet detected a marsquake, the microseisms are an important indicator that the lander’s seismometer is working as hoped. In recent decades, seismologists have begun to see microseisms on Earth as not just a nuisance, but as a valuable tool for understanding features in the subsurface. This noise will be similarly valuable on Mars, Lognonné said, allowing the team’s seismologists to probe the rigid surface crust in the immediate vicinity around the lander.But the seismometer has had little time to listen so far. Although the sand-filled crater where InSight landed, nicknamed “Homestead Hollow,” had little in the way of large rocks to complicate its placement, the deployment still took a month longer than planned, thanks to two delicate tasks. First, scientists had to carefully tweak the electric tether connecting the seismometer to the lander, in order to reduce noise coming off the lander. Then, they had to place a wind and heat shield over the instrument.Since then, InSight has spent much of its time troubleshooting for its second instrument, a heat probe designed to burrow up to 5 meters below the surface. The robotic arm placed that instrument in mid-February. But soon after the probe began to hammer itself into the surface, its 40-centimeter-long “mole” got stuck on a rock or some other blockage just 30 centimeters down. Now, mission scientists have put the hammering on hold as they wait for the agencies’ engineers to evaluate their options. That will continue for several more weeks, said Bruce Banerdt, InSight’s principal investigator and a geophysicist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.Although the microseisms are a thrill to hear, everyone working on InSight is waiting for the main event: their first marsquake. There’s no need to panic about not seeing one yet, Banerdt said. “Before we get nervous … [the mission is] exactly where we expected to be.” The team expects to detect about one marsquake a month, but these will likely come in clusters, not perfectly spaced out. Banerdt, who had been preparing this mission for decades, can be patient, he said. “The wait’s not completely over yet.”*Clarification, 20 March, 12:25 p.m.: This story’s headline and text were changed to prevent confusion that it might refer to marsquakes, which, as the article states, have not yet been detected by InSight. Similarly, the spacecraft has not detected an analogue for a longer-period background “hum” seen on Earth.last_img read more