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2010-07-21 10:25:12

An expedition partially funded by NASA, part of a program to search extreme environments for geological, biological and chemical clues to the origins and evolution of life, has discovered the deepest known hydrothermal vent in the world, nearly 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) below the surface of the western Caribbean Sea. The research will help extend our understanding of the limits to which life can exist on Earth and help prepare for future efforts to search for life on other planets. An...

2008-09-07 21:00:11

By CATHERINE KOZAK, JEFF HAMPTON, KRISTIN DAVIS AND LAUREN KING By Catherine Kozak, Jeff Hampton, Kristin Davis and Lauren King The Virginian-Pilot Tropical Storm Hanna paid a quick visit to the Outer Banks and checked out before noon Saturday, leaving a stiff breeze and rough surf behind. With the storm's center carving through inland counties, the worst weather delivered to the coast was a blast of heavy rain during the morning. It cleared out within about 30 minutes. Later in...

2008-08-28 09:00:47

The Virginian-Pilot Bodie Island Spit at Oregon Inlet reopened on Wednesday to off- road vehicles, just in time for the Labor Day weekend. The area, one of the most popular ORV fishing spots in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, has been closed to beach drivers and pedestrians for much of the summer to protect nesting shorebirds as required in a legal agreement. The ocean shoreline is open from Ramp 4 south for 2.1 miles to Oregon Inlet and from Ramp 4 north for 2.1 miles, according to...

2008-08-26 00:00:22

By Wade Rawlins CAPE HATTERAS, N.C. - Turtles are crawling ashore and laying eggs on this windy elbow of sand in record numbers. The number of sea turtle nests is up all along the state's coast this year, but the increase at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is roughly twice the overall state increase. A rare green turtle laid the 111th nest on Thursday. That's good news for threatened loggerheads and other sea turtles. But as eggs near hatching, it means another flurry of beach...

2008-08-08 09:01:00

By CATHERINE KOZAK By Catherine Kozak The Virginian-Pilot While summer's steamy weather has encouraged a record number of sea turtle eggs to hatch in Cape Hatteras National Seashore this year, the bird nesting season is winding down. Beach areas that had been completely or partially closed to protect shorebirds are starting to reopen to off-road vehicles and pedestrians. On Wednesday, just as South Point, a popular Ocracoke Island beach for fishing, was about to be reopened,...

2008-08-04 12:00:46

By Staff Reports ASHEVILLE -- Authorities say a wildfire that burned about 250 acres of private and state parkland in Chimney Rock Park is almost totally contained. The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that the fire was 95 percent contained Sunday. Gorges State Park Superintendent Steve Pagano says crews continue mop-up work and back-burning. With backburning, firefighters burn any potential fuel within the fire perimeter. Lightning started the fire Tuesday. 3 victims in I-95 wreck...

2008-07-31 09:00:47

By CATHERINE KOZAK By Catherine Kozak The Virginian-Pilot washington A Dare County official urged a Senate subcommittee Wednesday to pass legislation setting aside a legal agreement on beach access in Cape Hatteras National Seashore that he says has limited public access and hurt tourism and the Outer Banks heritage. Warren Judge, chairman of Dare County Board of Commissioners, testified that the beaches would have been closed entirely to off- road vehicles for three years if the...

2008-07-31 09:00:47

By CATHERINE KOZAK By Catherine Kozak The Virginian-Pilot washington A Dare County official urged a Senate subcommittee Wednesday to pass legislation setting aside a legal agreement on beach access in Cape Hatteras National Seashore that he says has limited public access and hurt tourism and the Outer Banks heritage. Warren Judge, chairman of the Board of Commissioners, testified that the beaches would have been closed entirely to off-road vehicles for three years if the county had...

2008-07-13 09:00:00

By W MEADE STITH III By W. Meade Stith III Environmentalists have sued to stop driving on beaches in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore while the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continues to push for more critical habitat designations in the Seashore. The stated reason for these actions is to protect the piping plover, a shorebird considered "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. In 2008, a consent decree closed the most popular beaches in the Seashore. You'd think the piping...


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  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
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  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
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  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
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