This paper presents a glacial geomorphological map of over 17,000 landforms on the bed of a major palaeo-ice stream in Marguerite Bay, western Antarctic Peninsula. The map was compiled using various geophysical datasets from multiple marine research cruises. Eight glacial landform types are identified: mega-scale glacial lineations, crag-and-tails, whalebacks, gouged, grooved and streamlined bedrock, grounding-zone wedges, subglacial meltwater channels, gullies and channels, and iceberg scours. The map represents one of the most complete marine ice-stream signatures available for scrutiny, and these data hold much potential for reconstructing former ice sheet dynamics, testing numerical ice sheet models, and understanding the formation of subglacial bedforms beneath ice streams. In particular, they record a complex bedform signature of palaeo-ice stream flow and retreat since the last glacial maximum, characterised by considerable spatial variability and strongly influenced by the underlying geology. The map is presented at a scale of 1: 750,000, designed to be printed at A2 size, and encompasses an area of 128,420 km2.
Riyad: Saudi Arabia’s defence ministry has shown off what it says is wreckage of drones and cruise missiles that prove Iranian involvement in weekend attacks on two oil facilities. It said 18 drones and seven cruise missiles were fired from a direction that ruled out Yemen as a source. Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels had said they were behind the attacks. Iran has denied any involvement and warned it would retaliate against any military response. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe Saudi defence ministry briefing said the wreckage showed the attacks were launched from the north and were “unquestionably sponsored by Iran”. However, spokesman Col Turki al-Malki said the Saudis were still “working to know exactly the launch point”. Col Malki showed off what was said to be a delta wing of an Iranian UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) along with other weapons debris. “Data recovered from the computers [on the UAV] shows it’s Iranian,” he said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHe said that 18 UAVs had been fired at the Abqaiq oil facility and seven cruise missiles had been launched at both targets. Four cruise missiles struck the Khurais oilfield and the other three fell short of Abqaiq. Col Malki said the missiles that struck all hit from a northerly direction. He showed video of one UAV hitting Abqaiq, along with maps and photographs of the damage. He said of the Khurais attack that the “precision impact of the cruise missiles indicate advanced capability beyond the Iran proxy’s capacity”. Col Malki said details of the launch points could not yet be given but once they had been determined they would be announced at another conference. However, he said: “Despite Iran’s best efforts to make it appear so, their collaboration with their proxy in the region to create this false narrative is clear.” He called the attacks “an assault on the international community… Those responsible should be held accountable for their actions”. President Donald Trump earlier on Wednesday announced he had instructed the Treasury to “substantially increase US sanctions” on Iran following the attacks. The scope of any new sanctions was not immediately made clear. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to meet King Salman’s son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to discuss strategy on the issue.
Kottayam (Ker): Voting in the by-election to the Pala Assembly constituency here began on Monday with nearly 24 per cent votes being cast by 11 a.m. As many as 13 candidates are in the fray in the constituency having a total of 1,79,107 voters. “At 11 a.m, 24.14 per cent votes have been cast. Till now, there are no untoward incidents in the constituency. Polling is going on smoothly,” an Election Commission official from Kottayam district told PTI. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh The by-election was necessitated due to the death of former Finance Minister and Kerala Congress (M) leader K M Mani, who hadheld the constituency for more than five decades. While the ruling LDF has fielded it’s ally, NCP’s leader, Mani C Kappen as its candidate in the constituency, Jose Tom Pulikkunnel of Kerala Congress is the candidate of Congress-led UDF. BJP’s Kottayam district president N Hari is the NDA candidate. Among those who voted in the first couple of hours include the UDF candidate Pulikkunnel, LDF candidate Kappen and the family members of Mani, including his wife and son Jose K Mani, a Rajya Sabha member. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Kappen and Pulikkunnel cast their votes at the Government Polytechnic School, Kanattupara, and Government LP School, Poovathode, respectively. The results are expected to have a bearing on the future course of three major political fronts–LDF, UDF and BJP-led NDA– in the southern state. The Pala Assembly bypoll is seen as an acid test for the parties as victory would give a big boost to their prospects in the by-elections to five constituencies scheduled for October 21 in the state. The by-poll which started at 7 a.m will conclude at 6 p.m. During the bitter poll campaign, various issues including corruption, economic slowdown, crisis in the farm sector and Sabarimala temple women entry issue were raised by the parties. While the LDF leaders raised the irregularities in construction of the flyover in Palarivattom in Kochi during the UDF rule, the UDF leaders alleged corruption in setting up infrastructure in the state using funds from Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB). Both the ruling LDF and the opposition UDF were confident of winning the bypoll.
New Delhi: The crime branch of Delhi police have arrested two burglars who used to target high profile houses in Delhi and Gurgaon. Police said the accused were illegally residing in India and has already committed more than 50 burglaries in Delhi, Gurgaon, Bangalore and Gujarat. Police claimed that they have committed more than 15 burglaries recently. They have been identified as Mohd. Roshan alias Raju Mulla (31) and Mohd. Rabbi Hawladhar (27). “One gold ring and two antique silver tumblers were recovered from their possession. Recovered articles were found to be stolen from Palam Vihar, Gurgaon,” said DCP (Crime) Dr Ram Gopal Naik. The DCP said that during interrogation they confessed that they are members of a gang of six thieves who operate together.