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2008-05-16 12:05:00

Scientists believe El Nino may have assisted Magellan's first trip around the world nearly 500 years ago.On Nov. 28, 1520, explorer Ferdinand Magellan encountered fair weather after days of battle through the rough waters south of South America. From there, the calming effects of El Nino may have eased his passage across the Pacific Ocean, researchers speculate.An El Nino creates rising air that changes wind and weather patterns when the Equatorial Pacific become warmer than normal. The...


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jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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