Science: Grecian Vapor

The ancient greeks thought they had seen the goddess Aphrodite rise out of the sea foam (Aphros). Johannes Walther, professor of Geology & Paleontology of Halle University, Saxony, tells of having seen a visible phenomenon off the coast of Greece that might well have seemed a sea-rising Aphrodite to an unscientific eye. Writing lately in the scientific magazine Forschungen und Fortschritte, he described a day in Grecian waters when a snowstorm was gathering and the waves were high. As cold air struck the warm water, columns of white vapor rose from the...

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