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2006-07-26 00:05:00

SYDNEY -- A series of limestone caves west of Sydney, best known as a popular family tourist attraction, are in fact the world's oldest open caves, dating back 340 million years, Australian scientists say. The Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney were thought to be only a few thousand years old but actually predate dinosaurs, said Armstrong Osborne, a member of a Sydney University scientific team which recently dated the caves. "We've shown that these caves are hundreds of...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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