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2007-07-09 18:04:05

PORTER, Ind. (AP) - Wind, a lack of rain and generous sunshine have combined to keep beaches on the southern shore of Lake Michigan bacteria-free and inviting to swimmers so far this summer. Beach closings due to high E. coli levels have been virtually nonexistent, and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore officials have found little to worry about when they test the lake's water. The National Lakeshore, which tests water samples on a weekly basis, has yet to find any samples from its beaches...

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2007-05-02 19:01:58

RENO, Nev. -- A butterfly found only at a popular Nevada off-road vehicle site won't receive federal protection as a threatened or endangered species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided Wednesday. After a 12-month review, agency officials said federal listing under the Endangered Species Act is unwarranted because of recently adopted measures to protect the habitat of the Sand Mountain blue butterfly. Also higher-than-expected numbers of the insect were found during a survey last...

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2006-01-06 08:31:44

RENO, Nev. -- Conservationists sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday seeking protection for a rare butterfly they say is threatened by off-road vehicles at one of the largest sand dunes in the West. Environmentalists want the agency to declare the Sand Mountain blue butterfly an endangered species because, they say, its habitat is being destroyed at the only place it is known to live - the Sand Mountain Recreation Area in western Nevada. The Bureau of Land Management controls...


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Pinnacles National Park
2013-04-24 16:46:42

Pinnacles National Park is located in the state of California in the United States. The park is comprised of 26,606 acres of land that was once inhabited by Native American tribes including the Ohlone people. When Spanish explorers arrived in the area, they brought diseases that nearly wiped out all of the Ohlone people, leaving the area uninhabited until Anglo-Americans arrived in 1865. By the 1880’s, visitors like picnickers and explorers began moving into the area, with the first...

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2010-02-03 15:48:19

Mahakala is a genus of dinosaur from the Campanian age (80 million years ago) of the Upper Cretaceous Period. It was found in the Djadokhta Formation of Mongolia. It is known from a partial skeleton found in the Gobi Desert. Mahakala is named for one of eight deities from Sanskrit in Tibetan Buddhism. Mahakala was a very small dinosaur, only about 2.5 feet in length. Despite its late arrival in the dinosaur era, it has primitive characteristics. Its small size is thought to be an early...

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kenspeckle
  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'