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2009-07-10 11:10:00

The eastern portion of the Aral Sea has shrunk by 80 percent since 2006, the European Space Agency reported on Friday. Using Envisat images, the ESA revealed a massive decrease in shoreline between July 1, 2006 and July 6, 2009 for what was once considered the world's fourth-largest inland body of water. The Aral Sea was split into two portions during the 1980s "“ the Small Aral Sea, found in Kazakhstan, and the Large Aral Sea, which is found in both Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. By 2000,...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'