Accidents May Happen: Fifty Inventions Discovered By Mistake by Charlotte Jones

By Charlotte Jones

From Wheaties to phones, microwave ovens to yo-yos, listed below are the inspiring and infrequently humorous tales of fifty errors and misunderstandings that helped lead to lifestyles as we all know it. With hilarious cartoons and wacky proof, this attention-grabbing compendium illustrates the adage "If you don't examine out of your blunders, there's no feel making them."

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The surface of the sea is usually warmer than the adjacent land in winter and cooler than the land in summer. The oceans 32 Physical and Chemical Oceanography Thermohaline circulation transports and mixes the water of the oceans. In the process it transports heat, which influences regional climate patterns. The density of seawater is determined by the temperature and salinity of a volume of seawater at a particular location. The difference in density between one location and another drives the thermohaline circulation.

Many of them are microscopic and single-celled. The growth of these organisms, which photosynthesize light, depends on a delicate balance between nutrient enrichment by vertical mixing, often limited by the availability of nitrogen, and the availability of light. Some of the thousands of kinds of phytoplankton swim feebly by lashing a whiplike thread appendage called a flagellum. The dinoflagellates are known for their bioluminescence, or phosphorescence, a “cold light” similar to that of fireflies.

The growth of phytoplankton frequently removes all nutrient elements—principally nitrogen, phosphorus, and silicon—from the surface waters. In spring and summer, the surface waters are warm and light and do not easily mix with the cold, heavy deep water. So new nutrients are not available to the surface waters. 45 Investigating Earth’s Oceans The tiny plants and plant like organisms called phytoplankton are the principal food source of the sea. com/Thinkstock Upwelling and Downwelling Eventually the blooms fail for lack of food, and the organisms die and sink into the depths.

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