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2010-09-09 06:15:00

Glaciers atop snow-capped Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey have shrunk 30 percent in surface area over the last 3 decades, a researcher said Wednesday. Geologist Mehmet Akif Sarikaya, an assistant professor at Istanbul's Fatih University, told AFP: "We used satellite images to analyze the response of glaciers at the summit of Mount Ararat to climate change." "The glacier surface area decreased from 3.04 square miles in 1976 to 5.5 square 2.09 square miles in 2008, a loss of about 17 acres a...


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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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