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2008-07-01 00:14:20

Alaska officials say they will lease part of the volcano Mount Spurr to encourage geothermal exploration, The director found and the commissioner concurred, that the potential benefits of Mount Spurr Geothermal Lease Sale No. 3, as conditioned, outweigh the possible adverse impacts, and that the sale will best serve the interests of the state of Alaska, the Division of Oil and Gas said in a statement. Mount Spurr, located on the west side of Cook Inlet, erupted in 1992. Petroleum News...

2008-06-20 18:00:16

What happened to the king salmon run in Alaska may be remain a mystery, but what's known for sure is a popular fishery has closed because of a dismal return. So weak is the Deshka River run that biologists said they fear it could be as much as 70 percent off its goal of 13,000 in-river spawners, the Anchorage Daily News reported. From the opening of the first fishery in the region, things have been slow, sports fish biologists said. The Copper River near Cordova started behind schedule in...

2008-06-18 18:00:02

Two female hikers who went missing in Alaska's Denali National Park were found Wednesday and are doing well, officials say. Abby Flantz and Erica Nelson have been found, alive and well. The families are here, and the young women will shortly be reunited with them, park spokeswoman Kris Fister said. Flantz, 25, and Nelson, 23, were reported missing after they did not come back Friday from an overnight backpacking trip in the park, ABC reported Wednesday. Officials said the women were...

2006-02-22 21:11:22

By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Alaska's Mount McKinley, North America's tallest mountain, will be capped at 1,500 climbers a year under a plan announced by the National Park Service on Wednesday. The new management plan for the Denali National Park and Preserve imposed the first-ever limit on the number of climbers for a mountain in Alaska to ease overcrowding after a record 1,340 people climbed the 20,320-foot (6,194-meter) peak in 2005. Mount McKinley, one of the...

2006-01-28 03:20:00

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- After 10 days of relative calm, Alaska's Augustine Volcano roared back to life late on Friday, shooting a cloud of ash 40,000 feet into the sky. It was the 10th explosion since January 11, when the 4,134-foot (1,260-meter) volcano in southern Cook Inlet began an eruptive phase, reported the Alaska Volcano Observatory, a joint federal-state office. As of late Friday, there were no reports of ash settling onto any of the nearby communities, but some was expected to drift...

2005-12-15 21:50:00

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - A restless Alaskan volcano has been emitting steam and clouds of sulfur gas for a week, creating a bad odor in some of the nearby coastal communities, seismologists said on Thursday. Augustine Volcano, a 4,205-foot (1,282-meter), conical-shaped volcano on an island in south-central Alaska, had a small steam eruption on Thursday, the third in a week, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory. There were no signs of an imminent major eruption, the observatory's...

2005-08-01 20:24:27

ANCHORAGE (Reuters) - Two huge Alaska bridge projects that won funding in the newly passed U.S. transportation bill, including a $220 million span the size of the Golden Gate Bridge in a city of fewer than 8,000, are well worth the money, Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens said on Monday. "I remember when I was a young person in California, when people accused the people in Washington (D.C.) of being wasteful in thinking about building a bridge called the Golden Gate Bridge because no one lived in...

2005-07-06 08:11:46

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - A newly discovered fossilizedfootprint shows that dinosaurs once roamed in what is nowAlaska's Denali National Park and Preserve, scientists said. The footprint, estimated to be 70 million years old, wasfound on June 27 near a campground 35 miles west of the parkentrance, the National Park Service said. It was the firstevidence of dinosaurs ever found in Denali, one of Alaska's toptourist destinations. The three-toed track, 6 inches (15 cm) wide and 9...

2005-07-06 03:27:44

ANCHORAGE (Reuters) - A recently discovered fossilizedfootprint shows that dinosaurs once roamed in what is now anational park in Alaska, scientists said on Tuesday. The footprint, estimated to be 70 million years old, wasdiscovered on June 27, the first evidence of dinosaurs everfound in Denali National Park and Preserve, the National ParkService said. The find was made by a University of Alaska Fairbanksstudent attending a field camp in the park. The three-toed track, six inches wide...


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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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