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Microbes Found Speciating In Russian Hot Spring
2012-02-22 09:04:50

[ Watch the Video ] It was Darwin who, upon studying evolving creatures, wondered how species diverge if they are living together. “That question really hasn´t been answered very well, even in the macro-organisms that we´ve studied for hundreds of years,” University of Illinois microbiology professor Rachel Whitaker ponders. Despite still being in close proximity to one another in an acidic, boiling habitat of a hot spring in Kamchatka, Russia, two groups of...

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2010-10-29 06:03:26

Twin volcanoes on Russia's far-eastern Kamchatka Peninsula erupted on Thursday, pumping massive ash clouds miles into the air, diverting flights and covering nearby towns in thick, heavy ash. The Klyuchevskaya Sopka, the highest mountain on the Kamchatka Peninsula and the highest active volcano in Eurasia, exploded along with the Shiveluch volcano 45 miles to the northeast, said officials with the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry's Kamchatka branch. No injuries were reported, but flights...

2008-09-26 15:00:33

The Russian Kamchatka Peninsula contains major gold and silver reserves, a Institute of Volcanology and Seismology scientist said Friday. "Simply comparing Kamchatka and Japan makes it clear that the region holds no less than 1,200 tons of gold and more than 8,000 tons of silver," Viktor Okrugin said. The comparison with Japan is not mild flattery. Japan has produced about 1,000 tons of gold and 5,000 tons of silver in the nation's history. To date, less than 20 tons of gold has been...


Word of the Day
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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