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2010-04-20 10:46:00

LAS VEGAS, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Las Vegas is known for its exhilarating and adrenaline pumping social scene, whether visitors experience a big win at the casinos, head to the chapel or party like a rock star in the hottest clubs. In fact, Vegas fans may think they've seen it all, until now. Today, Stratosphere Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, an American Casino & Entertainment Property, announced the opening of the world's tallest SkyJump attraction located 855 feet above the Vegas...

2009-12-22 06:00:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The recent return of Aminatou Haidar to Western Sahara in southern Morocco has sparked both national and international debate as to the future of the disputed region. Her recent hunger strike has brought real focus to an area dubbed "Africa's Last Colony." One author claims, however, that worldwide leaders should not forget the past as he reveals the human rights violations that occurred to a forgotten group of prisoners. "There is another side to the...

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2009-11-19 10:35:00

BoarCroc, RatCroc, DogCroc, DuckCroc and PancakeCroc A suite of five ancient crocs, including one with teeth like boar tusks and another with a snout like a duck's bill, have been discovered in the Sahara by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Paul Sereno. The five fossil crocs, three of them newly named species, are remains of a bizarre world of crocs that inhabited the southern land mass known as Gondwana some 100 million years ago. Sereno, a professor at the University of Chicago,...

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2009-08-27 12:26:20

U.S. scientists have developed an alternate theory for the origin of linear dunes on the surface of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, similar to ones on Earth. Louisiana State University Professor Patrick Hesp and U.S. Geological Survey scientist David Rubin said they examined the linear -- or longitudinal -- dunes stretching across the surface of China's Qaidam Basin, finding them composed of sand and some salt and silt. The scientists said the latter two elements make the dunes cohesive or...

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2009-07-15 11:35:00

Just like a conductor cuing musicians in an orchestra, Fgf10, a member of the fibroblast growth factor (Ffg) family of morphogens, lets brain stem cells know that the moment to get to work has arrived, ensuring that they hit their first developmental milestone on time, report scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in the July 16, 2009, edition of the journal Neuron.Their findings not only add new insights into brain development and a novel function for Fgfs, but also reveal a...

2009-05-19 09:17:00

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The Walter P. Chrysler Museum, in Auburn Hills, Mich., is spotlighting Jeep(R) in the Movies featuring two celebrated vehicles: the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon featured in Paramount Pictures', Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life and the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited that co-starred in the Paramount release, Sahara. Running through July 27, Jeep in the Movies kicks off the Unique Vehicle Pairs Spotlight series of production and concept duos that will...

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2009-01-19 09:15:00

Like most sub-Saharan African countries, Niger faces problems meeting its water needs. As part of ESA's TIGER initiative, satellite data are being used to identify underground water resources in the drought-prone country. Due to the rainfall variability in time and in space, during recent years the rain-fed agriculture struggles to meet the requirements of food security in the Sahel area. ESA's WADE (Water resources Assessment using SAR in Desert and arid lands in West African Ecosystems)...

2009-01-14 14:27:43

A British team has embarked from London for a 3,600-mile journey in a flying car, the Parajet Skycar, to Timbuktu, Mali. Neil Laughton, 45, who is leading the expedition, said the Skycar will drive on roads where available and will fly over the Strait of Gibraltar, the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and the Empty Quarter of the Sahara as it passes through France, Spain, Morocco and Western Sahara on its way to Mali, The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday. The Skycar, which engineer Giles Cardozo...

2008-10-24 09:00:22

Rolls-Royce has announced that it will supply Petrofac an additional industrial RB211 gas turbine package for the In Salah Gas project at Krechba in the central Sahara area of Algeria. The 27,840kW RB211-G62 electrical generating set will join two other RB211 generator sets, installed in 2002, to provide additional electrical energy to power the facility. This includes power for new electric motor driven compressors being installed to maintain gas production. The RB211 gas turbine package...

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2008-10-14 15:35:00

In a new study, researchers have found what they believe to be a new pathway that allowed modern humans to spread beyond their ancestral homeland about 120,000 years ago. Rivers once flowed from the central Saharan watershed all the way to the Mediterranean, the team of researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Southampton, Oxford, Hull and Tripoli in Libya explain in the journal PNAS. These rivers could have made up a "wet corridor" through Libya for ancient human migrations out of...


Latest Sahara Reference Libraries

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2013-02-18 11:10:17

As the world’s second-largest and second most populous continent, Africa is about 11.7 sq. miles including adjacent islands. It covers 6 percent of the Earth’s total surface area and 20.4 percent of the total land area. With 1 billion people, it accounts for about 15 percent of the world’s human population. It is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, both the Suez Canal and the Red Sea along the Sinai Peninsula to the northeast, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and the Indian...

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2009-04-28 15:40:33

Brassica tournefortii is a species of mustard plant that is more commonly known as Asian, African and Sahara mustard. It is very similar to other mustard species blooming annually with long stems reaching just over 3 feet in length, but the flowers are a duller yellow. Indigenous to North Africa and the Middle East, this species was transported accidentally to the United States by humans. It grows abundantly in the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts and in hot valleys of southern California....

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2008-02-05 14:33:28

The Spotted Sandgrouse (Pterocles senegallus), is a species of bird in the Pteroclididae family of birds. It is found in Afghanistan, Algeria, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Western Sahara.

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2007-01-19 12:24:16

The sand Cat (Felis margarita) is a small wild cat 19.69 inches (50 cm) long, plus an 11.81 in (30 cm) tail. It is distributed over African and Asian deserts. The name "Desert Cat" is reserved for a subspecies of the true Wild Cat, but it would go better with this species. It lives in those dry areas that are even too hot and dry for the Desert Cat. These areas are the Sahara, the Arabian Desert, and the deserts of Iran and Pakistan. The head is conspicuously broad and the ears are large...

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2006-09-04 13:21:33

The African Mourning Dove, Streptopelia decipiens, is a pigeon which is a widespread resident breeding bird in Africa south of the Sahara. Despite its name, it is not a close relative of the American Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura. The African Mourning Dove is a largish, stocky pigeon, up to 12.2 inches in length. Its back, wings and tail are pale brown. The head is gray and the under parts are pink, shading to pale gray on the belly. There is a black hind neck patch edged with white. The...

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Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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