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2008-09-06 15:00:09

The number of endangered gray snub-nosed monkeys, found only in China's Guizhou province, has more than doubled to about 850, a government bureau says. The population, which lives in Guizhou's 260-square-mile mountainous Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve, has grown because of steady environmental improvements and governmental protection measures, the Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve Administration Bureau said. Back in 1979, there were just 400 gray snub-nosed simians, the bureau...

2008-09-06 03:00:17

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "13 Trapped in North China Mine Blast"] SHIJIAZHUANG, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) - Thirteen people were trapped after a coal mine blast in north China's Hebei Province, police confirmed on Saturday. An explosion occurred at around 3 a.m. Friday in a mine which had stopped production in Guye District, Tangshan City, trapping nine maintenance staff, the Tangshan City police said. The mine owner then...

2008-09-03 09:00:21

China's 3rd-largest hydropower station to be fully operating this year NANNING, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- The Longtan hydropower station, China's third-largest, will be fully operating before the end of this year, the proprietor said on Tuesday. The seven sets of generators, with a capacity of 700,000 kw each, will all be put into operation by the end of the year, said Dai Bo, general manager of the Longtan Hydropower Development Company. Five generators have begun operation and two are...

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2008-08-28 09:05:00

Conservation body WWF said that Sumatra's endangered elephants and tigers are expecting a boost from an Indonesian government move to expand one of their last havens, a four-year-old national park on the island. It was announced in Jakarta on Thursday that the park area would be more than doubled to 86,000 hectares (212,500 acres). Increased efforts would be vital to ensure that poaching and other illegal activities"”like unsanctioned logging and settlement"”did not continue in...

2008-08-27 06:00:35

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "China Building Airport on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau"] XINING, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) - Workers on Wednesday completed construction of a runway for a new airport in the heart of China's Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The 3,800-meter-long runway, 3,900 metres above sea level,is part of a planned airport about 20 km away from Yushu, also known as Gyegu, seat of Tibet Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu in Qinghai...

2008-08-25 09:00:17

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Beijing, Aug. 25 Kyodo - Eight Americans and a British national who were detained in China after holding pro-Tibet activities were sent home on Sunday and Monday, officials of the countries' embassies said. The Americans were deported on a 9 p.m. flight on Sunday from Beijing to Los Angeles, after the US Embassy urged their immediate release, expressing disappointment that China has not demonstrated "greater tolerance and...

2008-08-25 03:00:39

In order to meet the growing local demand, the Sharjah Agriculture Development Corporation will build a $32.6 million worth egg production plant, revealed news agency Wam. To be located at Seeh Al-Lebsa, the production facility will be built in four phases over two years. On completion of construction, the plant will have a total daily output of 3,500 cartons of eggs. According to Sheikh Faisal bin Khalid Al Qasimi, proprietor and board chairman of the Sharjah Agriculture Development...

2008-08-21 09:00:59

At least 10 injured in E. China plant fire HANGZHOU, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- At least 10 workers were injured when a fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon at a chemical plant in east China's Zhejiang Province, a local government official said. The blaze was triggered by inflammable chemicals in a storehouse of Hangzhou Hi-tech Fine Chemical Co., Ltd. in the Haihong Science and Technology Industrial Park in Hangzhou, the provincial capital. The injured had been in hospitalized and all...

2008-08-21 09:00:27

By Audra Ang Associated Press BEIJING -- Two elderly Chinese women who applied to hold a protest during the Olympics were ordered to spend a year in a labor camp, a relative said Wednesday. Police later squelched a pro-Tibet demonstration. The women were still at home three days after being officially notified they would have to serve a yearlong term of re-education through labor but were under surveillance by a government-backed neighborhood group, said Li Xuehui, the son of one of the...

2008-08-13 18:00:16

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Beijing, Aug. 13 Kyodo - Eight pro-Tibetan independence protesters, including a Japanese citizen, were detained by police Wednesday after staging a demonstration near the Olympic village in Beijing. Five Americans - three men and two women - chanted pro-Tibet slogans at the gate to an ethnic-minority theme park not far from the main Olympic Stadium at just after noon before they were led away by police. Two other Americans...


Latest Geography of Asia Reference Libraries

Paektu Mountain
2014-08-28 10:46:25

Paektu Mountain, also known as Baektu Mountain or Changbai Mountain, is an active stratovolcano that is located along the border of China and North Korea. At an elevation of 9,003 feet, it is the tallest peak on the Korean Peninsula and in northeastern China, as well as the tallest peak in the Baekdudaegan and Changbai mountain ranges. The volcano is a popular tourist area for many South Koreans and foreign travelers. Paektu Mountain is a cone shaped volcano that holds a large caldera that...

2014-04-18 10:27:02

The Sulu Bleeding-heart (Gallicolumba menagei) is a species of bird within the pigeon and dove family Columbidae. It is native to the island of Tawi-Tawi and its surrounding islets within the Philippines’ Sulu Archipelago. This species is known from two specimens that were collected in 1891, and has not been recorded with certainty since then. It resides in primary and secondary forests that have a closed canopy. It is of medium size with a short tail. Bright metallic green colored feathers...

Kurilian Bobtail
2013-06-11 13:06:21

The Kurilian bobtail, also known as the Curilsk Bobtail or the Kurilean bobtail, among many other names, is a breed of domestic cat that is sometimes considered a breed group by some registries. The origin of this breed has been claimed by Kamchatka, Sakhalin Island, Russia, and Japan, but it is thought to have originated on the Kuril Islands. The first members of the breed occurred naturally on the islands as a shorthaired variant about two hundred years ago, but the modern variant has only...

Persian Gulf
2013-04-18 13:55:23

The Persian Gulf is located in the western part of Asia between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula. It’s an addition to the Indian Ocean. The Gulf was the focal point of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War, which each side assaulted the other’s oil tankers. In the year 1991, the Persian Gulf again was the background for what was known as the “Persian Gulf War” or otherwise known as the “Gulf War”, despite the fact that this disagreement was mainly a land conflict, when Iraq raided Kuwait...

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2011-04-11 15:10:03

Yunnanosaurus, meaning "Yunnan lizard," is a genus of prosauropod dinosaur from the Early to Mid Jurassic Period. This was perhaps one of the last living prosauropods of the time. It was discovered by Yang Zhongjian in the Lufeng Formation of Yunnan, China. The find consisted of twenty incomplete skeletons, including two skulls, and were excavated by Tsun Yi Wang. The type species, Y huangi, was named by C.C. Young in 1942, and created the family Yunnanosauridae based on the findings as a...

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Word of the Day
bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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