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2012-08-16 20:51:15

[ Watch the Video ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study by researchers at Durham University in the United Kingdom asserts that landslide deaths have been underestimated by tenfold. The result of their research has been compiled in a new database, the Durham Fatal Landslide Database (DFLD), which shows that 32,000 people died in landslides between 2004 and 2010. Previous estimates pegged the range of fatalities at 3,000 to 7,000. According to their...

Old Maps And Dead Clams Help Solve Coastal Boulder Mystery
2012-05-01 08:09:26

Perched atop the sheer coastal cliffs of Ireland's Aran Islands, ridges of giant boulders have puzzled geologists for years. What forces could have torn these rocks from the cliff edges high above sea level and deposited them far inland? While some researchers contend that only a tsunami could push these stones, new research in The Journal of Geology finds that plain old ocean waves, with the help of some strong storms, did the job. And they're still doing it. The three tiny Aran...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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