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2009-06-08 07:30:00

Billions of years of history have been uncovered with a new technique that is helping scientists paint a picture of how Earth's continents were arranged. Scientists are using the new method to recover rare minerals from rocks and analyze their composition. In addition, researchers claim they can accurately date ancient volcanic rocks for the first time. The early landmasses can be pieced together by aligning rocks that have a similar age and orientation. Scientists say the new approach will...


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monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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