What can I say? I’m kind of a sucker for natural disasters. I’ve always found myself intrigued by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, etc. Not just the events themselves, mind you, but the processes behind them. So, when Dr. Nicole Gasparini told me about a project she wanted to start on slow moving landslides in Italy, I was hooked. Not just because it was landslides, but because they’re unusual landslides. Who’s ever heard of a slow moving landslide? What processes drive something like that? Water? Lithology? Human Development? I may not be able to get to the bottom of it through my Master’s research, but at least I can take the first steps toward an answer.
As far as New Orleans goes…what a city! I fell in love the first time I visited. The people are so friendly, easy going and always looking to have a good time. With festivals nearly every weekend, music on nearly every corner, there’s never a shortage of things to do. And the food! Talk about heaven. Jambalaya, crawfish etouffee, oysters Rockefeller, shrimp creole, roast beef po-boys... I could go on forever. In addition to all that, you’ve got the Mighty Mississippi rolling through the city. It’s an amazing sight to watch massive boats slowly work their way upriver and remember that this is the river that connected America before planes, trains and cars took over. Maybe this all sounds like a bad P.R. article, but I can’t help it! New Orleans rocks!
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