Archive for January, 2011

The Ferocity of Mother Nature

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

I am watching the flood crisis in Australia with personal interest as my home town is only about 1100km away, quite close by Australian standards, and for the fact that mother nature nevers ceases to amaze me with the power that she can deliver.

I am from a engineering background where construction and design is very much structured around formula’s and assumptions based on real life conditions that have happened over our history. Whilst i am governed by this, i always have this underling thought in the back of my mind. It all means nothing because if Mother Nature so chooses to direct its full ferocity towards something, be it a structure or landform, locally, nationallly or globally she will always win. Man does not stand a chance, somethings are just bigger than us, even though we think we are at the top of the food chain, really Mother Nature is.

Just a quick example of this, got this video from my brother who works within the mining regions west of the Rockhampton region. First let me set this video up. This is Baralaba Mine, a classic open cut coal mine. This is a mine where everything is on a grand scale. The excavators buckets are the sizes of houses, and the tip trucks make a london bus look like a childs tonka toy. Bear that in mind when you reference that to the flood waters coming into the mine. Pretty scary stuff…

The end result

Flooded Baralaba Mine after flood defenses fail

These sort of natural disasters are happening more and more. Surely this means something?………