Monday, August 10, 2009

Sable Island: Shipwrecks & Wild Horses in the North Atlantic


Sable Island is a small Canadian island situated 180 km southeast of mainland Nova Scotia in the Atlantic Ocean.
The island is a narrow crescent-shaped sandbar with a surface area of about 34 km². Despite being nearly 42 km long, it is no more than 1.5 km across at its widest point. It emerges from vast shoals and shallows on the continental shelf which, in tandem with the area's frequent fog and sudden strong storms including hurricanes and nor'easters, have caused over 350 recorded shipwrecks. It is often referred to as the Graveyard of the Atlantic[3], as it sits astride the great circle route from North America's east coast to Europe. The nearest landfall is 160 kilometres to the northwest near Canso, Nova Scotia.



Sable Island was named after its sand—sable is French for "sand". It is covered with grass and other low-growing vegetation. In 1901, the federal government planted over 80,000 trees on the island in an attempt to stabilize the soil; all died. Sable Island is believed to have formed from large quantities of sand and gravel deposited on the continental shelf near the end of the last ice age. The island is continually changing its shape with the effects of strong winds and violent ocean storms. The island has several freshwater ponds on the south side between the station and west light and a brackish lake named Lake Wallace near its centre.

"The most famous, and perhaps the most popular, of Sable Island's fauna are the wild horses. Although access to the island is restricted - both by location and by regulations - the horses are well-known, and are of great interest, culturally and scientifically. The Sable Island horses have been featured in several documentaries and numerous books and magazine articles, and they were the subject of an exhibition at the Equine Museum of Japan in Yokohama (1994), and a photography exhibition in New York City (Roberto Dutesco, 2002). This population of horses has been the topic of doctoral research (Welsh 1975), and long-term studies have been underway since the mid-1980s (e.g. Lucas et al. 1991)."




"The romantic notion that Sable Island horses are descended from shipwreck survivors persists."


There are frequent heavy fogs in the area due to the contrasting effects of the cold Labrador Current and the warm Gulf Stream. During winter months, the moderating influence of the Gulf Stream can sometimes give Sable Island the warmest temperatures in Canada.





Green Horse Society
http://www.dutescoart.com/gallery/sablehorses/

13 comments:

Ted Heath said...

Please do not use foreign or strange units of measure any longer. Miles, furlongs, leagues.

viagra online said...

viagra online
generic viagra

viagra online said...

viagra online
generic viagra

Anonymous said...

If you always write interesting, I will be your regular reader. skin care Read a useful article about tramadol tramadol

Anonymous said...

buy xanax online taking xanax recreational use - greenstone alprazolam 0.5mg

Anonymous said...

Τhankfulness to my fаther ωho stated to me concerning thіs webpage, this blog iѕ actually amazing.


Αlso viѕit my blog: hcg diet vancouver

Anonymous said...

I've read some excellent stuff here. Certainly price bookmarking for revisiting. I wonder how so much attempt you put to make this sort of magnificent informative site.

Feel free to visit my web page :: naps steroids

Anonymous said...

Hey are using Wordpress for your site platform? I'm new to the blog world but I'm trying to get started
and set up my own. Do you need any html coding knowledge to make your own
blog? Any help would be really appreciated!

Feel free to visit my web site :: calcium magnesium vitamin d

Anonymous said...

Currently it sounds like Expression Engine is the best blogging platform out there right now.
(from what I've read) Is that what you're using on your blog?


My web page - metabolic rate calculator

Anonymous said...

Hello! Quick question that's completely off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My blog looks weird when viewing from my iphone4. I'm trying to find a theme or plugin that might be able to correct this problem.
If you have any suggestions, please share. With thanks!


Review my web page :: diets that work

Anonymous said...

You have made some good points there. I checked on the internet for
more info about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this site.


My web site: vigrx

Anonymous said...

Εxcellent ρiеcеs. Kеeр pоsting ѕuch kinԁ of
info on уour blog. Ιm rеallу imρгesseԁ by it.

Hі therе, You have ρеrformeԁ а
great job. I'll certainly digg it and in my view suggest to my friends. I'm cοnfidеnt they'll be benefited from this website.

Also visit my web site - liquid clenbuterol cycle
Also see my web page: http://www.clenbuterol.cc

Anonymous said...

Hi everу one, heгe every оne is shaгіng these famіliaгity,
theгefore іt's good to read this weblog, and I used to visit this webpage daily.

Also visit my blog hcg side effects in women