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    Re: Rogue Waves
    From: Peter Fogg
    Date: 2006 Sep 17, 17:46 -0500

    On 9/18/06, James R. Van Zandt wrote, about the pic:
    > ... the wave ought to be drawn about
    > twice as high (i.e. about 16 times the height of the person on the
    > sidewalk on the left side of the picture).  Of course, the picture was
    > taken with a short focal length lens, with pretty dramatic
    > perspective.  Does the figure imply that the corner tower on that
    > building is 30 m high?  I doubt that.  Using the author's own
    > conversion factor, 30 m = 10 storey building, and that corner tower is
    > surely not 10 storeys high.

    Jim would seem to have a point. I wonder whether the author (or
    graphic artist) has depicted the height in feet, rather than metres.
    We changed from using imperial measures to metric in the mid 1970s,
    but confusion lingers ...

    Just goes to show that you can't believe everything you, ah, see.

    That is a fabulous site proposed by Philip Lange. Work like that needs
    someone like Frank Robson to bring it to wider attention and
    understanding, at the risk of the odd mistake creeping in. The
    rigorous scientists and the (sometimes) sensationalist popularisers
    form a useful complementary team, for our common benefit.

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