Monday, April 26, 2010

A News Sonnet A Day for April 2010: 26

I've set myself a goal for National Poetry Month this year: Compose a sonnet based on a science-themed news story each day.

Today's installment takes its cue from "Scientists uncover deep ocean current near Antarctica" by David Fogarty, Reuters

Current Events

Conveyor belts of ocean current range
Around the Earth to dissipate its heat.
How sensitive are they to climate change?
A deep Antarctic current proves most fleet,

For every second that it passes through,
More than twelve million cubic meters flow,
To swell the northern basins with its blue.
Cold salty water sinks to depths below,

Then shoots toward India and branches out.
Now people from Australia and Japan
Are measuring this underwater route
To gauge effects of climate on its plan.

Our oceanic health may hinge upon
A flow as large as forty Amazons.

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