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Old 01-18-2007, 08:57 PM
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If you are at all familiar as to why geese fly in a wedge type pattern, you know it has to do with the aerodynamics of "drafting". Each goose will draft off the one in front until it gets to the lead goose. The lead goose will go for a while and then drift back and let another one lead the "V" pattern.

My question is, why is one side of the "V" always longer than the other?
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Old 01-18-2007, 09:59 PM
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cuz i shot the other line
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:04 PM
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wind direction ? pressure? i dunno
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Bcuz the other side is longer. It's science
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:42 PM
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I'm just going to use deductive reasoning and let the chips fall where they may.........

Geese rotate the lead position because it is tiring up front, so if the lead goose is tired and falls to the back of the flock/ line, it would only make sense that the tired lead goose would fall back to the side with the least resistance......hence why you see one side longer then the other, until they balance it off. So I would say wind direction would come into play. ?
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Because there are more geese in it.
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Old 01-19-2007, 05:53 AM
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Energy conservation and visual assurance.
Why do geese fly in a V? Because it would be too hard to fly in an S! Just kidding. Scientists have determined that the V-shaped formation that geese use when migrating serves two important purposes:

First, it conserves their energy. Each bird flies slightly above the bird in front of him, resulting in a reduction of wind resistance. The birds take turns being in the front, falling back when they get tired. In this way, the geese can fly for a long time before they must stop for rest.

The second benefit to the V formation is that it is easy to keep track of every bird in the group. Fighter pilots often use this formation for the same reason.

http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/geese.html


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Because God told them to...........?

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Old 01-19-2007, 08:19 AM
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I can't believe you folks can't figure this one out...... It's because Geese can't count !!!!!!! Jeeze......
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Because there are more geese in it.
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If you look it's usually the right line thats longer......because most geese are right wingers
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Because God told them to...........?

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If you look it's usually the right line thats longer......because most geese are right wingers
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Old 01-19-2007, 01:23 PM
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Great timing on this post - was watching something on Discovery HD last night about geese migration and asked myself the same question. Started to think about it and then remembered that I flipped on the tube so I could stop thinking about stuff and just "absorb".

Don't know if anyone saw that show (maybe a repeat) but there was some great footage of the in-flight patterns. I can only deduce that they had a remote decoy fit with a camera maintaining position in the "V" to get some of the close-ups. I've never seen anything like it before.
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Old 01-19-2007, 02:28 PM
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Here are some guys waning to apply for a $100,000 government grant to find out...

http://home.comcast.net/~wildlifebio..._biologist.htm
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Old 01-19-2007, 03:35 PM
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Because if the flew in the circle pattern they wouldn't get anywhere?

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Old 01-19-2007, 06:12 PM
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If you are not the lead goose, the view is all the same!
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Keyskid - 1/19/2007 6:12 PM

If you are not the lead goose, the view is all the same!


And eventually you wil be shat upon.

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