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Amsterdam And Saint-Paul Islands Temperate Grasslands
2013-04-19 20:54:52

The Amsterdam and Saint-Paul Islands temperate grasslands is an ecoregion including two volcanic islands in the southern Indian Ocean. The French research vessel Marion Dufresne II, which services the Martin-de-Vivies research station on Amsterdam Island, is the only way to visit the islands. There are two volcanoes that lie 83 kilometers from each other in the center of a triangle between Australia, Antarctica and southern Africa called Ile Amsterdam and Ile Saint-Paul. The islands are...

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Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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