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The Guardian Quotes Dave Tewksbury on Japanese Fugos


Geosciences Technician Dave Tewksbury was quoted in an Oct. 30 article in The Guardian titled “How Japan’s secret weapon brought second world war to rural Oregon.” Tewksbury had presented a poster on fugos, the Japanese balloon bombs described in the Guardian article in a 2008 session at the annual Geological Society of America meeting.

“They were very cleverly designed. They would expand and rise during the day and cool and descend at night, with a barometer to keep the right range,” said Tewksbury. He used mapping software to track them for his project. “This was a continuous cycle of rise and sink associated with day and night as they crossed the Pacific.” His research had been featured earlier by the National Geographic

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