Got back last night from a fun visit to the Department of Earth Sciences at IUPUI (that's Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis) to give a colloquium talk. Enjoyed chatting with folks there about lake coring, glaciers, and hot springs. Really appreciate Bill Gilhooley inviting me up for the visit. Hopefully some of our scheming will result in some successful proposals in the near future!
Quick history lesson...Before leaving I had the chance to stop by the memorial for the USS Indianapolis. The heavy cruiser was sunk (by two torpedo hits from a Japanese submarine) on July 30th, 1945 after delivering the parts for the first atomic weapon to Tinian. Of the 1,196 men aboard, about 300 died with the initial attack and sinking. The ship sunk so rapidly that few lifeboats could be deployed. Of the approximately 900 men that entered the water, only 317 would survive. Some died from dehydration, salt poisoning, and exposure, while many others died from shark attacks that were continuous for the five days the men were in the water. The result was the largest loss of life at sea in the history of the United States Navy.