08/20/2012 (press release: JaturontThan) // Bangkok, Thailand // Red Onion Co.,Ltd.
Every great culture has a flood myth. From China’s tale of Khun Borom to Mesopotamia’s Gilgamesh myth to the Jews’ and Christians’ famous Noah, the story of the wrathful god who wipes whole populations off of the planet has been around since time immemorial. Of course, the telling of the flood myths always end in some sort of miracle in which that civilization’s deity recedes the waters, promises never to have that sort of disaster to happen again, and gives a blessed few the task of rebuilding their respective worlds.
While that narrative is certainly attractive, it’s hardly practical. Whether you believe in these stories or not, you are probably aware that rebuilding a coastline after a natural disaster as extensive as a flood requires more than just a rainbow and a promise. This sort of recovery also requires a lot f hard work, determination, and planning to ensure that not only are the damages caused by such a disaster are repaired, but that every step possible is taken to prevent such extensive damage in the future.
Last year’s monsoon season may well become some epic poet’s retailing of such a tale. While much of the international press focused on the Tohoku quake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear meltdown that struck the people of Japan in March of last year, those of use in Thailand will never forget the devastating Thailand Flooding that struck our coasts that April. The recovery effort from that horrid disaster has gone gradually but well, due not only to pre-existing initiatives set forth by our Royal Family, but in the quick responses that the Royal Armed Forces have undertaken in their names in order to prevent the devastation that occurred from that disaster.
The Bible’s version of the Great Flood tells of forty days and forty nights of torrential downpour and flooding, after which God receded the waters and set a great rainbow over the land as a sign that such destruction would never again happen to Noah’s people. We here at the Royal army are men, not gods. We can’t well cast a rainbow over the land and promise our people that such a disaster will never recur. In fact, our monsoon season is sure to reappear, and the rains will undoubtedly fall again. On the other hand, the Royal Army has, under the decree of the Royal family, taken steps to ensure that the next time the rains come; the land and water will remain relatively unharmed afterwards. We have done this through both our artificial reef project and an underwater digging operation known as dredging.
What Dredging Is and How It’s Evolved
Put simply, dredging is excavation that happens under water. The machine used to do this work is called, appropriately, a dredge. This tool has been used since the beginning of human civilization for everything from national defense, to underwater mining, to crop irrigation.
The machine itself remained fairly crude until the early 1900s, when more highly industrialized countries realized that their waterways were being corrupted by industrial waste.
These days, dredging experts use a complex apparatus to analyze and execute effective dredging through the use of satellite information. The best in this industry use GPS systems in order to determine the best places to begin dredging channels, optimizing their effect to ensure that, at least in our case, flood damage is minimized. this new method of dredging makes the process not only more cost effective in the short term, but more durable in the long term.
While there have been many long-standing reasons for this process, ours is to lower the sea floor so that there is more room for the oncoming waters to inhabit. Put simply, the more places water has to go, the less likely it is to end up in your living room.
Natural disasters occur without our control to stop them. They key in dealing with them is knowing how to minimize potential damage when they arise. In this case, we are confident that the methods we’ve undertaken in the wake of the last Great Flood will prevent the extensive damage we saw last year recur for the indefinite future.
Unfortunately, we still haven’t figured out how to make rainbows appear at will.
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