EARTH Magazine: Escape from Alcatraz - Modern Modeling Adds to a Decades-Old Mystery

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From EARTH Magazine, March 18, 2015 - Did they survive? Since 1962, the fate of three inmates who broke out of the famous prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay - carrying rubber rafts fashioned out of raincoats - has remained a mystery. From the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to the hosts of the show "Mythbusters," many have tried to figure out what happened to the escapees. Now, EARTH Magazine brings you news of an effort led by a research team from Delft University in the Netherlands.

By utilizing a hydraulic simulation program, and incorporating historic tidal data from the evening of June 11, 1962, the team has modeled a broad swath of scenarios. While most models suggest a grim fate for the convicts, there is a slim chance that they could have survived their trip on the bay and made it ashore. New in EARTH Magazine:

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