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Mount Kerinci
2014-04-08 13:32:05

Mount Kerinci, known by many other names including Gunung Kerinci, Berapi Kurinci, and Peak of Indrapura, is an active stratovolcano that is located in Indonesia on the island of Sumatra. It reaches an elevation of 12,484 feet, making it the tallest volcano in Indonesia, and is located within Kerinci Seblat National Park. This volcano features fifteen lakes, the largest of which are Kerinci...

Mountain Pine Pinus mugo
2014-02-26 09:53:40

Mountain pine (Pinus mugo) is found in the mountains of Central Europe. The mountain pine is a short, stubby, slow growing tree. The mountain pine can be found in the Alps, northern Apennines and the Balkan Peninsula mountains. The pine grows at altitudes of 3,281-7,218 feet. The mountain pine may also be found growing at 656 feet in Germany and Poland and as high as 8,858 feet in Bulgaria and...

Avocado Tree Persea americana
2014-02-14 16:17:00

Persea americana is a flowering plant that belongs to the Lauraceae family. It is widely known as the Avocado tree. P. americana is a tree that grows up to 66 feet tall. It has alternately arranged leaves that measure about 5 to 10 inches long. Its flowers are tiny and greenish-yellow, measuring .2 to .4 inches in diameter. The tree’s popular, pear shaped green fruit measures 2.8 to 7.9...

Indian Bay Leaf Cinnamomum tamala
2014-02-09 09:09:11

Cinnamomum tamala is a tree species. The species may also be referred to as the Indian bay leaf, the Tejpat, Malabar leaf, Indian Bark, Indian cassia or Malabathrum. C. tamala belongs to the Lauraceae family. The plant is indigenous to India, Nepal, Bhutan and China. The plant is closely related to the Cassia, Cinnamon and Saigon cinnamon species. C. tamala plants commonly grow measuring up...

Turtle Lake Monster
2014-02-05 14:18:05

The Turtle Lake Monster is claimed to inhabit Turtle Lake in West Central Saskatchewan, Canada. Natives claim the monster may be a massive sturgeon and are nervous about the attention the monster may bring. An average of one encounter per year is reported. They date back to pre-settlement days when the Cree had a legend that people who entered the creature’s territory would not return....

Zander Sander lucioperca
2014-01-08 17:45:35

The Zander is found in the fresh and brackish (salt and fresh water mix) waters of Europe and Asia. This fish is closely related to the perch but often mistaken for pike therefore they have been given the label of pike-perch. It was introduced to the British waterways in the 20th century and spread rapidly. It can be harmful to other wildlife making it a predatory fish. The Zander fish is a...

George Washington And Jefferson National Forests
2013-11-27 15:25:38

The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests are U.S. National Forests that join to create one of the largest areas of public land in the Eastern US. They cover 1.8 million acres of land in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky. About 1 million acres of the forest are remote and undeveloped. About 139,461 acres have been designated as wilderness areas, which...

Green Mountain National Forest
2013-11-25 14:44:48

Green Mountain National Forest is a national forest in Vermont, a forest area that is typical of the New England/Acadian Forests ecoregion. The forest supports various wildlife, including moose, coyote, black bear, beaver, and white tailed deer. It also supports abundant varieties of bird species, such as ruffed grouse and wild turkey. The forest, as it is situated in Vermont’s Green...

Ophiocoma scolopendrina
2013-11-15 10:40:07

Ophiocoma scolopendrina is a species of brittle star in the family Ophiocomidae. Ophiocoma scolopendrina, similar to other brittle star, have long and thin arms stemming from a small dish-shaped body and are around the size of an outstretched human hand. They belong to the phylum of echinoderms, which incorporates sea urchins, sea stars, and sea cucumbers. Dorsal disc and dorsal arm...

Bombay Duck Harpadon nehereus
2013-10-24 12:18:24

The Bombay Duck (Harpadon nehereus), known also as the bummalo, is, in spite of its name, not a duck but a lizardfish. It is native to the waters between Mumbai and Kutch within the Arabian Sea, and a smaller number can also be found in the Bay of Bengal. Large numbers are also caught in the South China Sea. This fish is often dried and salted before it is eaten, as its meat doesn’t have a...

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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