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Ivan Idea in Maine

September 19, 2015

Ivan: Whoa! Ivan Idea comin’ at ya. Don’t let the youthful looks fool you! I’m a regular titan of tinkering, and my strobe ball thinks mechanical! Tantalizing technology and gallons of gadgets are my domain. Luckily, the good old US of A is brimming with cool engineering. So we’ll have plenty to talk about!

West of here lies the forest of Maine’s interior, thick with both perennial softwood and deciduous hardwood trees! Deciduous trees put the fall in the fall season. They’ve adapted to drop their leaves each year before crazy winter weather sets in! This prevents the trees from suffering frost image or collapsing under the weight of heavy snowfall. When spring finally arrives, the deciduous trees grow a whole new set of leaves, starting the cycle anew!

The beautiful Maine coastline has dazzled generations of Americans. But ever wonder where it gets a unique craggy look? Two answers: ice and ocean. The coastline here was once a glacier-covered series of mountains and valleys, which became partially submerged when the last Ice Age ended, and the melting glaciers raise the sea level. The powerful wave action of the ocean then took over, steadily wearing away at the new coast, and giving it the rugged look you see today!

Off in the distance, you can just make out the skyline of Portland, Maine’s largest city! Portland specializes in the production of pulp and paper. In fact, a surprisingly large proportion of paper made in the USA comes out of this single city! Next time you find yourself jotting a note, you may be riding on a thin slice of Maine!

The pudgy tots over there are lobster boats, dedicated to the pursuit and capture of the enormous and delicious Maine lobster! Fishermen catch these giant red crustaceans using a clever trap, called a lobster pot. It’s a box-like device placed on the ocean floor, which uses a toddle of netting or a one-way trap door to lure lobsters inside and then keep them from there. The lobster pot doesn’t actually hurt the lobster, but the dinner party isn’t quite so kind!

This illuminating cyclops is the Portland Headlight! It’s the oldest lighthouse in Maine, and has been a real guiding light to ships entering Portland Harbor, over the past 200 years! Talk about a long-lasting light bulb!

Most early lighthouses produce their beam using a bright burning oil lamp, invented by a Swiss scientist named Argand. This wasn’t nearly as bright as today’s electric filaments, but hey, a dim light is better than no light!

Bye for now! Feel free to call me back for more techno-facts.

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