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Meters per minute of longitude

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Week seven began with a review of what proved to be a challenging quiz 054 064. I then introduced the class to the operating features of the GPS units. 
Tuesday I selected a hide out behind maintenance. Intermittent rain had returned on trade wind disturbances, so I opted for an accessible hide.

Mounds of dirt blocked direct lat/long access to my hide, or forced one to go over or around. There is a hole, a swale, behind the dirt hills, and I was able to hunker down under an umbrella in the long grass sufficiently that I could not be seen from the hill top.



Coordinates of the hide.

The students found me in eleven to twelve minutes, really rather quickly. I am wondering if I ought to lay in a two stage process with a relay coordinate out in the bush. That said, maintenance provided shelter from a passing rain shower and provided a place for me to run a question and answer on latitude and longitude.


Gloria Dadius on the surveyor's wheel in the 8:00 section
Laboratory seven was run s…

Planetary Boundaries and Disaster Risk Reduction with Fr. Pedro Walpole

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The following is from a presentation by Fr. Pedro Walpole at the College of Micronesia-FSM on the 19 of February. The presentation was my own first personal contact with the social justice imperative of planetary boundaries. The presentation included the role of personal responsibility in caring for planet earth and was filled with challenging statements such as "global economic development" is not the same thing as "global human development" and at time the former worsens the state of the latter. The following images from the presentation are not mine, but rather Fr. Walpole's.

Fr. Pedro Walpole, S.J. is the Director for Research, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines , Environmental Science for Social Change Coordinator of Reconciliation with Creation for the Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific. He is also the Director of Research at the Institute of Environmental Science for Social Change in the Philippines and the Coordinator of Reconciliation wi…

Healing Plants

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Healing plants presentations

Cherlylinda presented the use of Morinda citrifolia flowers to produce eye drops for pink eye and irritated eyes. This is useful for sakau drinkers who tend to suffer from eye dryness.

Darren covered the use of Premna obtusifolia in a steam bath for treatment of fever.



Twain spoke on the use of fermented ripe Morinda citrifolia fruit in the treatment of diabetes. The fermented juice of the ripe fruit is consumed as a drink.


Sandra explained that tea made from Annona muricata (soursop) is also used as a preventative for diabetes.


Rebseen briefed the class on the used of the masticated leaf of Syzygium, the Pohnpei water apple tree, to reduce external itching as a result of chicken pox.


Casan-Jenae notes the use of Senna alata leaves to cure fungal white spots on the skin.


Rogan briefly noted the use of lime tree leaves to reduce coughing associated with a cold.


Stewart speaking on the use of Premna obtusifolia leaves to treat mpwos (skin boils).



Michell…