Towards a Beautiful, Safe, and Lively
The seashore is the connecting point, and boundary, of the sea,
the land, and the air. It is also a point where freshwater changes
to saltwater. Waves, flows, and winds are generated at seashores.
Thus they have special features, different from the land or sea.
The Future of Whales
There are many opinions about the number of whales in the world.
However, only a few things are known about the ecology of whales,
which have a wide home range. Now, researchers are paying a great
deal of attention to Professor Hayashi's project for the ecological
investigation of whales using a small satellite. If this project
is realized, we will be able to obtain data on the migration range
of whales all over the world, and on their ecology in relationship
to the ocean, besides being able to obtain other variable data
about the ocean. The small satellite is planned to be launched,
loaded by an H-II A Launch Vehicle, in February or March of 2002.
(Taro-Washing Water Wheels)
Shinjo-son Village, located in Maniwa-gun County, Okayama Prefecture,
sits in a small basin surrounded by the Chugoku Mountains of Western
Japan. The Shinjo River slowly meanders through the village.