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EAC’s Discovery Park Campus presents slideshow “Alaska: The Real Birthplace of the Wind”

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[Click Image to Enlarge] EAC’s Discovery Park Campus presents “Alaska: The Real Birthplace of the Wind” in its lecture series at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 1. Shown are the effects of the constant blasts of wind on the seas and clouds. [Contributed photo]

By Jeanné Clark

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park Campus lecture series will present its next installment, “Alaska: The Real Birthplace of the Wind,” on Saturday, November 1, 2008, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Jupiter Room at Discovery Park Campus.

“There are several places in the world that call themselves ‘birthplace of the wind,’” says Harry Swanson, dean of Discovery Park Campus. “And one of the windiest places on earth is at the Bering Sea along the Aleutian Island chain of Alaska!”

Swanson’s talk will cover weather, earthquakes, fox trapping, the military importance and history of Shemya Island (part of the Aleutian chain), and anecdotal tales that give that island, called “The Rock,” its special personality.

Swanson says, “I have seen a windstorm blow an anemometer (wind speed recorder) to pieces that was rated at 199 knots – that’s 229 statute miles per hour! Alaska really is a land of superlatives, and wind is just one of them.”

This free program is suitable for all ages, and Swanson welcomes everyone to come learn about the Aleutian Island chain and its extreme weather. For more information about this lecture or the Discovery Park Campus, contact Swanson at 428-6260.