Archive for August, 2006

Island in “Death Race 2000”?

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

Where is this reservoir island, which appeared near the end of the strange 1970s movie?

Island in Death Race 2000

The reservoir is in hilly country, with a large, almost pyramidal building near it, probably just above the dam. A cast member said, probably referring to this spot, that it was “down in Orange County,” in Southern California.

[movie locations, filming locations]

The islands of Titan?

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

NASA has released new images suggesting there are indeed islands on Saturn’s moon Titan.

Artist's conception of Titan's surface

A continent-size area appears to have many lakes, not of water but of some kind of liquid hydrocarbon. There may even be some islands visible — see the “lake” on the left side of this image.

Islands could figure in the confirmation of the lakes’ existence. Said a scientist, “We could hope to see sea-surface textures due to waves diffracting around islands, or vortices in the wake of islands.”

(Image: NASA)