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2009-06-15 06:50:00

Faced with daily headlines warning of the dire repercussions of global warming and the havoc it's wreaking in the planet's polar regions, it may seem like something of an anomaly that Argentina's Perito Moreno glacier has continued to flourish in the face of such ostensible environmental calamity.  The 97 square mile icy monolith is the world's third largest reserve of fresh water and one of 48 glaciers in Argentina and Chile fed by the melting snow that trickles down from the...

2006-03-14 13:27:47

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Reuters) - Huge chunks of ice have tumbled off Argentina's Perito Moreno glacier -- a rare spectacle that prompted a vigil by hundreds of tourists. Argentine television stations interrupted regular programming with live coverage of the break-up of the glacier known as the "White Giant," which was caused by building water pressure in the lake that it extends across. For days, tourists huddled on a platform facing the glacier, located in the far south 78...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'