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2009-07-23 06:35:00

One of the largest glaciers in the southern hemisphere has shrunk by a fifth in the last 40 years, French scientists announced on Wednesday. The Cook glacier, located on Kerguelen, in France's Indian Ocean territories, was 193 square miles long in 1963. Using satellite pictures and other information, glaciologists from the Laboratory for Studying Geophysics and Space Oceanography approximate that the glacier melted about 4.9 feet in height every year by 2003, losing 22% of its original size....

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2009-05-13 09:00:00

Made popular with movies like "March of the Penguins" and "Happy Feet," the penguin in reality has a mysterious life, sometimes living for months in the ocean before coming back to land. Zoologists have long wondered where the penguin, famed for its quirkiness and funny walk, goes throughout these long periods of time in the ocean. French scientists, in a study available on Wednesday, think they have the answer. A research team from National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) placed...


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2007-10-24 13:39:33

The Blue petrel (Halobaena caerulea), is a small seabird in the family Procellariidae. They can be found on Marion Island and Prince Edward Island, the Crozet Islands, the Kerguelen archipelago, Macquarie Island and South Georgia. At sea they range widely from Australia to South Africa, South America and Antarctica. The Blue petrel is the only member of the genus Halobaena. Its plumage, which is white on the underside of the body and gray with the distinct M banding across the upper sides...

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toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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