Dominican Republic News

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite VIIRS instrument captured this thermal image on Sept. 20, 2017, at 2:12 a.m. EDT (0612 UTC). At the time, Maria’s eye was just east of the American Virgin Islands, and its northwestern quadrant stretched over Puerto Rico. (Credit: NASA Goddard Rapid Response Team)

Weakened Maria Could Regain Major Hurricane Status -NHC

into a Category 2 hurricane on Wednesday, could regain major hurricane status by Thursday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory.   Catastrophic flash flooding was occurring over portions of Puerto Rico with conditions now deteriorating over the eastern Dominican Republic, the NHC said.   The hurricane was about 25 miles (45 km) north northwest of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour (175 km per hour), the Miami-based NHC said. Any hurricane with top sustained winds of at least 111 is classified as major. (Reporting

Dr. Breece with Fisher sonar tech Brian Awalt. Along with husband and colleague Dr. Bill Breece (Photo: JW Fishers)

Archaeologists Dive into History

directed numerous shipwreck projects in the US and Caribbean. He is a pioneer in preserving wreck sites as underwater museums. One recent project was working the wreck of the Quedagh Merchant. The ship was reportedly captained by the pirate William Kidd and went down in 1669 off the coast of the Dominican Republic. The remains of the wreck now lie under 10 feet of warm, clear Caribbean water, with cannons an anchors scattered about in plain view. The location makes it ideal for in-depth archaeological study and the perfect place for students to put into practice the methods and techniques learned in

Image: U.S. National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Erika Heads for Florida

Tropical Storm Erika lashed Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands with heavy rain and fierce winds on Friday, moving across the Caribbean and apparently heading for the Dominican Republic, northern Haiti and eventually South Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.   Due to some likely weakening over the Dominican Republic, Erika was no longer forecast to make U.S. landfall as a hurricane. It could still smack the Miami area with sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (97 kph) on Monday, however, before sweeping northward up the Florida peninsula, affecting Orlando's popular theme parks.

Photo: Makai Ocean

Makai Studies Seawater Air Conditioning in the Caribbean

;aise de Développement (AFD) and used Makai’s recently upgraded district cooling software. Eight locations in the Caribbean were analyzed for SWAC development, which were then down-selected to two sites considered to be most promising: Montego Bay in Jamaica, and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. SWAC is a district cooling technology that uses deep cold seawater for cooling that can be as cold as 5°C or 41°F, even in the tropics. SWAC replaces the chillers used in conventional A/C systems that serve large buildings such as hotels, greatly reducing their electrical consumption

Main photo – Dr. Bridget Buxton with the Pulse 8X detector, Bottom inset – diver holds recovered gold coins, Top inset – some of the 2,000 gold coins found off Israeli coast. (Photos courtesy of JW Fishers)

Divers Find 2,000 Priceless Gold Coins

.    One of the more recent projects in Indiana’s archaeology program is the wreck of the Quedagh Merchant. The ship was reportedly captained by the pirate William Kidd as he raced to New York in ill-fated attempt to clear his name. The ship went down in 1669 off the coast of the Dominican Republic and the wreckage now lies in 10 feet of warm, clear Caribbean water, with cannons and anchors scattered about in plain view. According to Beeker, it is a unique example of 17th century ship construction. The location makes it ideal for in-depth archaeological study and the perfect place for

A. Mauricio Alvarez

Stabil Drill Names Alvarez Sales Manager

Drill, Alvarez worked as the Latin American region manager for Frank’s International in Peru. He holds more than 30 years of experience in drilling operations, sales, services and strategic business planning. Alvarez studied civil engineering at La Universidad Pedro Henrique Urena in the Dominican Republic. He is fluent in Spanish and English. stabildrill.co

(Credit: Center for Coastal Studies (CCS))

Boaters Enlisted to Help Track Whales

humpback whales between NOAA’s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and its sister sanctuaries across the Caribbean as part of Carib Tails, a new international citizen science effort. Carib Tails is a collaboration between the sanctuary and partners at Marine Mammal Sanctuary of the Dominican Republic, Agoa Marine Mammal Sanctuary/French Antilles, Bermuda Marine Mammal Sanctuary, the marine mammal sanctuaries of the Windward and Leeward Dutch Antilles, and the United Nations Caribbean Environment Program’s Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife Program (UNEP/SPAW). By photographing

Treasure photo courtesy of Anchor Research and Salvage

Anchor Research & Salvage Haul Unexpected Treasure

with the Punta Cana Foundation painstakingly excavated the wreck site under contract with the Underwater Cultural Heritage division of the Dominican Minister of Culture. Anchor Research and Salvage has recently completed surveying operations on their southwestern coastal lease area off the Dominican Republic, revealing numerous previously undiscovered shipwrecks. Noted shipwreck archaeologist and author Sir Robert F. Marx estimates that there is several billion dollars of submerged treasures in the southern coastal area alone, and ten times that amount waiting in Global Marine Exploration's future

University of Rhode Island’s Dr. Bridget Buxton dives on ancient shipwrecks in Israel with the Pulse 8X metal detector.

Archaeologists Go Deep to Uncover History

diver.    The current focus of Indiana’s archaeology program is the wreck of the Quedagh Merchant. The ship was reportedly captained by the pirate William Kidd as he raced to New York in ill-fated attempt to clear his name.  The ship went down in 1669 off the coast of the Dominican Republic and the wreckage now lies in 10 feet of warm, clear Caribbean water, with cannons and anchors scattered about in plain view.  According to Beeker it is a unique example of 17th century ship construction. The location makes it ideal for in-depth archaeological study and the perfect place

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