1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

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1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby VectorZero » Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:19 am UTC

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Title text: James Cameron has said that he didn't know its song would be so beautiful. He didn't close the door in time. He's sorry.

Heh. Freddie Mercury and David Bowie.
I'd always known it as the Mariana trench, but apparently "Marianas" is correct also. Awesome achievement by James Cameron's team, btw. To boldly go...
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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby Linux0s » Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:23 am UTC

So that's how they put corks in champagne bottles.
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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby mit7059 » Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:35 am UTC

Very cool graphic however. I almost called you out for getting the depth of the oil well wrong but I forgot to account for the water gap. One thing you might want to note on the graphic is that the oil well you have drawn is the deepest well on record, and that while it was drilled by Deepwater Horizon it is not the Macondo well which blew out 7 months later. Very minor nitpicks though, very very cool graphic. Keep up the good work!

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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby uildaan » Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:36 am UTC

I love these style 'comics' of Randalls. The thing that suprised me was how deep the oil well went. I've known that they can be 5+km but never scaled it in my head with something like Challenger deep

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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby d0rk » Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:40 am UTC

I absolutely love the Ballmer-peak easter egg :D

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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby 907Code-G » Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:51 am UTC

So late but so worth it, I didn't spot the ballmer peak reference, but I love the mention of the sperm whales and the injuries they come up with. That's some scary shit right there.

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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby astronelson » Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:54 am UTC

I'll stop staring into the abyss when it stops staring into me.

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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby ijuin » Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:05 am UTC

Note also that the picture describes the "Great Slave Lake" instead of the "Great Salt Lake".

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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby factorized » Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:13 am UTC

Also, it should be "Kola Borehole" instead of "Kora Borehole", since it's on the Kola Peninsula, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kola_Peninsula

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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby Cromosomatosis » Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:15 am UTC

Hi everyone,

Normally I don't create an account just to correct an apparent mistake, but...

It's not called the "Kora" Borehole. It's "Kola." ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kola_borehole )

P.S.: If Mr. Munroe happens to read this...

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I believe you perform superbly within every genre that you take on. Some of my favorites include "A bunch of rocks" and "Everything," but that's just off the top of my head.

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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby uildaan » Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:21 am UTC

ijuin wrote:Note also that the picture describes the "Great Slave Lake" instead of the "Great Salt Lake".


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Slave_Lake

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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby bhoot » Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:23 am UTC

Anyone else reminded of http://xkcd.com/681/ ? I kind of did a double take because they're so similar.

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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby Shakleton » Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:24 am UTC

Animal sizes are to scale, eh?
Man, David Bowie and Freddie Mercury are huge. :shock:
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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby Steroid » Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:25 am UTC

Given the number and the season, was anyone else hoping for an income tax comic?

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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby d0rk » Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:34 am UTC

Spoiler alert, I shat bricks when I saw it, you might not want to spoil that experience for yourself :P

Spoiler:
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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby dgbrownnt » Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:35 am UTC

I love the timely graphic! The only thing I would mention to note that Crater Lake, while drawn relative to depth, is not drawn relative to sea level (the surface of the lake is 1883m above sea level). I only mention this since most other things in the graphic appear to be relative to sea level (more or less).

(I know that would mess up the whole comparison, but the anal nerd/Oregon native in me would sleep better with an asterisk :-P)

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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby rhomboidal » Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:45 am UTC

I'm planning on modeling my aquarium terrain on this strip.

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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby wisty » Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:15 am UTC

It always amazes me how damn shallow the ocean is, and how quickly 1ATM / 10m can stack up. At 500m (the range of a reasonable swimmer), you're out of the range of most subs. At 11km (~10 mins in a car), it's just you and Cthulhu.

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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby jacksonliam91 » Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:16 am UTC

Kola Borehole is called Kola 'Superdeep' Borehole. I like descriptive names of things, like the 'Large' hadron collider has had many people tricked when telling them to find out about 'Large Hadrons' :D

Awesome comic, I loved the stuff about corks and scuba gear.

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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby unklehomer » Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:19 am UTC

sorry, but i'm gonna do it... i require clarifaction on 'bike tyre'... Road Bike [100psi]? cross country [~45 PSI]? trail bike [~20 PSI]? :)

But a great cartoon, I love the scale chart ones... #hopes for poster#

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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby Dataflashsabot » Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:22 am UTC

d0rk wrote:Spoiler alert, I shat bricks when I saw it, you might not want to spoil that experience for yourself :P

Spoiler:
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I don't get it.

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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby Irata » Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:37 am UTC

This infographic by the BBC is pertinent & interactively fun http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17013285

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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby RAGBRAIvet » Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:38 am UTC

Dataflashsabot wrote:
d0rk wrote:Spoiler alert, I shat bricks when I saw it, you might not want to spoil that experience for yourself :P

Spoiler:
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I don't get it.

It has to do with the red line provided by d0rk, which corresponds to the level of an un-labeled line section underneath the "champagne bottle" notation in the original. This line segment is approximately 1400m below sea level, and is apparently the "Balmer Peak" Easter egg that he mentions in his earlier post.

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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby Lazy Tommy » Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:40 am UTC

VectorZero wrote:To boldly go...


...where two men have gone before?

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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby RAGBRAIvet » Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:42 am UTC

unklehomer wrote:sorry, but i'm gonna do it... i require clarifaction on 'bike tyre'... Road Bike [100psi]? cross country [~45 PSI]? trail bike [~20 PSI]? :)

But a great cartoon, I love the scale chart ones... #hopes for poster#

Has to be the road bike tire at a pressure of perhaps 110 psi (7 atms). It's too deep to be anything else, since every 10 feet of depth = approx 1 atmosphere (15 psi) of pressure.

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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby Dataflashsabot » Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:43 am UTC

RAGBRAIvet wrote:
Dataflashsabot wrote:
d0rk wrote:Spoiler alert, I shat bricks when I saw it, you might not want to spoil that experience for yourself :P

Spoiler:
Image

I don't get it.

It has to do with the red line provided by d0rk, which corresponds to the level of an un-labeled line section underneath the "champagne bottle" notation in the original. This line segment is approximately 1400m below sea level, and is apparently the "Balmer Peak" Easter egg that he mentions in his earlier post.
Thanks.

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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby shashwat986 » Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:48 am UTC

I'm not sure I get the door James Cameron opened reference. I can't find any article about an actual door, and I can't get what he's talking about otherwise. Hints?
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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby morsch » Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:52 am UTC

Lake Baikal is drawn at an incorrect height.

From the graphic it looks like it's at sea level, in reality its surface elevation is 456m. Lake Erie (174m) and the Dead Sea (-423m) seem to be drawn at the correct height, so it's clearly a mistake.

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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby JustDoug » Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:54 am UTC

shashwat986 wrote:I'm not sure I get the door James Cameron opened reference. I can't find any article about an actual door, and I can't get what he's talking about otherwise. Hints?


Look around the deepest point depicted in the huge-sized, large image.

Also: oblique movie plot reference.

Also also: Thanks, Mr. Cameron, for not tugging on the chain of that huge plug down there.

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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby VectorZero » Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:55 am UTC

Lazy Tommy wrote:
VectorZero wrote:To boldly go...
...where two men have gone before?
One of whom was named Piccard :)
Dataflashsabot wrote:
RAGBRAIvet wrote:
Dataflashsabot wrote:
d0rk wrote:Spoiler alert, I shat bricks when I saw it, you might not want to spoil that experience for yourself :P
Spoiler:
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I don't get it.
It has to do with the red line provided by d0rk, which corresponds to the level of an un-labeled line section underneath the "champagne bottle" notation in the original. This line segment is approximately 1400m below sea level, and is apparently the "Balmer Peak" Easter egg that he mentions in his earlier post.
Thanks.
Alternatively, as the image is titled 1337.png, he's pointing out the marking of ... well.
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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby Klear » Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:03 am UTC

Dataflashsabot wrote:
RAGBRAIvet wrote:
Dataflashsabot wrote:
d0rk wrote:Spoiler alert, I shat bricks when I saw it, you might not want to spoil that experience for yourself :P

Spoiler:
Image

I don't get it.

It has to do with the red line provided by d0rk, which corresponds to the level of an un-labeled line section underneath the "champagne bottle" notation in the original. This line segment is approximately 1400m below sea level, and is apparently the "Balmer Peak" Easter egg that he mentions in his earlier post.
Thanks.


I still don't get it.

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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby resu427 » Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:29 am UTC

Klear wrote:
Dataflashsabot wrote:
RAGBRAIvet wrote:
Dataflashsabot wrote:
d0rk wrote:Spoiler alert, I shat bricks when I saw it, you might not want to spoil that experience for yourself :P

Spoiler:
Image

I don't get it.

It has to do with the red line provided by d0rk, which corresponds to the level of an un-labeled line section underneath the "champagne bottle" notation in the original. This line segment is approximately 1400m below sea level, and is apparently the "Balmer Peak" Easter egg that he mentions in his earlier post.
Thanks.


I still don't get it.


Neither do I. I thought the Ballmer Peak was blood alcohol content related.

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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby d0rk » Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:30 am UTC

Spoiler:
As Randall stated in a talk at... some university, the Ballmer peak lies between 0.129 and 0.138% BAC. These are rounded values, the actual peak lies at a BAC of 0.1337%.

The unmarked line in today's comic lies at a depth at exactly approximately 1,337m depth.

I didn't want to spoil the surprise, but apparently I've been a bit too cryptic ;-)


Hope that clears up any confusion :-)

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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby SpitValve » Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:45 am UTC

The giant squid are real - there's one of them in Te Papa museum in NZ. They die from the pressure change when you drag them up to the surface :/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_squid#First_observations_in_the_wild

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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby Klear » Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:47 am UTC

Oh that! You shouldn't have taked about the ballmer peak at all, then, since it's not a reference to it IMO, but just to the number.

Thanks for explanation.
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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby Oracle » Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:50 am UTC

Way to go David Bowie. I love under pressure but you are also way out there man. I really like this chart.
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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby aixwiz » Mon Apr 09, 2012 12:06 pm UTC

James Cameron found out the door at the bottom of the Marianas Trench leads to Oak Island.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak_Island

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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby Angua » Mon Apr 09, 2012 12:12 pm UTC

d0rk wrote:
Spoiler:
As Randall stated in a talk at... some university, the Ballmer peak lies between 0.129 and 0.138% BAC. These are rounded values, the actual peak lies at a BAC of 0.1337%.

The unmarked line in today's comic lies at a depth at exactly approximately 1,337m depth.

I didn't want to spoil the surprise, but apparently I've been a bit too cryptic ;-)


Hope that clears up any confusion :-)

It's not a ballmer peak reference then, just that this line and the ballmer peak both reference 1337.
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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby hordriss » Mon Apr 09, 2012 12:18 pm UTC

d0rk wrote:
Spoiler:
As Randall stated in a talk at... some university, the Ballmer peak lies between 0.129 and 0.138% BAC. These are rounded values, the actual peak lies at a BAC of 0.1337%.

The unmarked line in today's comic lies at a depth at exactly approximately 1,337m depth.

I didn't want to spoil the surprise, but apparently I've been a bit too cryptic ;-)


Hope that clears up any confusion :-)

They are pretty close, aren't they?
Spoiler:
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Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Postby Beren » Mon Apr 09, 2012 12:20 pm UTC

I was kinda hoping to find 'Your love' in there.


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