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Cooler Climate, Not Population Loss, Led To Less Fires In The Past
2012-07-30 09:46:53

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After Columbus sailed to the New World, the burning of forests and fields subsided, a phenomenon that has been attributed to loss of native population by the onset of European diseases carried over by explorers and settlers. But new research led by the University of Utah suggests that global cooling and not population decline resulted in fewer fires because both preceded Columbus in many regions around the world. The team of...


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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
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This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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