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2012-09-11 22:28:49

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The Pinyon Pine trees of the American southwest are dying off in large numbers, and many researchers have already guessed what is to blame: the heat. Well, and pine beetles. While it may seem like common sense to blame the death of thousands of trees and other forms of vegetation on extreme heat and dry conditions, some researchers at the University of Arizona are looking past the cause and into the effect. Namely, what...


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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