The search for Amelia Earhart’s plane by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR). The group spent the last nine days searching the waters around Nikumaroro Island using advanced sonar and ROV technology.
If you have been following TIGHAR’s daily reports, you know that the expedition has had some technical issues. Problems with the sonar technology and the ROV have not been uncommon. Despite these issues, the team was still able to collect a massive amount of data that they will begin to analyze on their return trip to Hawaii.
Yesterday was their final day at Nikumaroro, and their daily report indicates that they did not find any objects that appeared to be plane shaped, but some speculate that the plane may have broken up as it washed out to sea. If this is the case, they will need to analyze all the sonar scans and ROV images. This will be a challenge because there are pieces of the shipwreck of the SS Norwich City in the area.
The analysis of the data will certainly take some time, and I will post a full update as soon as their final report is published. In the meantime, you can continue to follow the expedition by visiting the TIGHAR website, reading their expedition reports, and following their Facebook page.
I realize that I have been absent for the past week, but I am in the process of moving. I thought I would take a break to post a quick update about the Blog itself. It was two years ago today that I began this blog. I began writing this blog to cover my graduate school experience, but I quickly realized that I would have to write about more than just graduate school if I wanted to attract readers. So, I expanded the blog’s content and changed its name in 2011. Today the blog covers a wide variety of topics including racing, technology, the automotive industry, history, and a variety of important causes. I wanted the blog to reflect my diverse interests, and I believe it has succeeded.
I thought that it might be interesting to discuss some of the numbers. Since the blog launched there have been over 48,000 hits, and the site now averages over 6,000 hits per month. In the last two years, I have written 249 posts, and have the posts divided into 27 categories. Earlier this month, The Whole Earth Blog was recognized by WordPress as one of the fastest growing blogs on they host. That was truly an honor.
As you may have noticed, The Whole Earth Blog has received a minor facelift, as I try to update the site once a year. With an updated header and a slightly modified layout, I am looking forward to what the next year brings, and I hope readers will continue to follow the blog as it continues to improve and grow. I will continue to cover the auto industry, technology, and support a variety of causes. I want to thank all my readers for making this this a successful year and I encourage readers to suggest topics or provide feedback by leaving comments on posts or by using the Contact page.