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2008-11-13 03:00:14

German chemicals major BASF and Russian gas giant Gazprom have officially launched natural gas production at their ZAO Achimgaz joint venture in Siberia, Russia, which produces natural gas and condensate from the Achimov formation in the Urengoy deposit. Together with the natural gas field Yuzhno Russkoye, which was commissioned in 2007, Achimgaz is now the second joint natural gas production project by Gazprom and BASF in Siberia. The joint venture (JV) plans to recover up to 200 billion...

2008-10-10 03:00:29

By Anonymous Transneft President Nikolai Tokarev recently met South Korean officials to negotiate financing the construction of the East Siberian oil pipeline. The pipeline will connect Taishet, in central Siberia, to Perevoznaya on the Pacific coast close to Russia's border with China. There will be 44 oil pumping stations along the 4,130-km route. The 1,200-mm pipeline will have the capacity to transport up to 80 MMt/a of oil for shipments to China and Japan, as well as to South Korea,...

2008-09-14 17:40:00

In a race with Canada, Denmark, Norway and the United States, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said on Friday "the Arctic must become Russia's main strategic resource base." The world's second biggest country and second biggest oil exporter is seeking to stake its claim its share of oil, gas and precious metals that would be made available by melting of the Arctic ice cap through global warming. Patrushev assembled the defense and interior ministers and the speakers of...

2008-09-09 15:10:00

Ecologists say the stark beauty of the world's deepest and oldest lake is under threat because it lies downstream from a rich source of zinc. Debate has ensued over the resource-rich nation, pitting industrialists and job-hungry officials in Siberia against ecologists and government agencies in Moscow. The Kholodninskoye deposit, which sits in a watershed flowing straight into Baikal, is the planet's third largest lead and zinc field, experts say. Zinc is used in the production of galvanized...

2008-07-31 18:00:33

A 20-stone bear is being used as a debt collector by a stationery firm which has hired it from the zoo in Chelyabinsk, Siberia. (c) 2008 Daily Mirror. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.

2008-07-29 13:35:00

Russian explorers reached the bottom of Lake Baikal in Siberia "” the world's deepest lake "” but said they fell short of breaking the record for the deepest freshwater dive. The Mir-1 submarine descended 1,580m (5,184ft) and not a record 1,680m as was earlier claimed, organizers said. The mission is part of a research project led by Artur Chilingarov, a scientist and Kremlin-backed member of parliament, to research and promote conservation of the lake. Lake Baikalwas declared a...

2008-07-15 15:35:00

The Tunguska catastrophe in 1908 evidently led to high levels of acid rain. This is the conclusion reached by Russian, Italian and German researchers based on the results of analyses of peat profiles taken from the disaster region. In peat samples corresponded to 1908 permafrost boundary they found significantly higher levels of the heavy nitrogen and carbon isotopes 15N and 13C. The highest accumulation levels were measured in the areas at the epicenter of the explosion and along the...

2008-07-14 21:00:28

IRKUTSK. July 14 (Interfax) - Some 4.4 million tonnes of crude oil was shipped by the Eastern Siberian Railways (ESR), an affiliate of Russian Railways (RZD) (RTS: RZHD), to China in January-June 2008, a decline of 1.2% from the same period of 2007, the ESR told Interfax. ESR shipped more than 736,000 tonnes of crude to China in June alone, a decline of 0.6% from June 2007. ESR only exports oil via the Zabaikalsk checkpoint in 2008, whereas in 2007 oil was also shipped through Naushki....

2008-07-01 13:47:51

The year is 1908, and it's just after seven in the morning. A man is sitting on the front porch of a trading post at Vanavara in Siberia. Little does he know, in a few moments, he will be hurled from his chair and the heat will be so intense he will feel as though his shirt is on fire. That's how the Tunguska event felt 40 miles from ground zero. Today, June 30, 2008, is the 100th anniversary of that ferocious impact near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in remote Siberia--and after 100 years,...

2008-05-01 16:10:00

Russian and American scientists have discovered that the rising temperature of the world's largest lake, located in frigid Siberia, shows that this region is responding strongly to global warming.Drawing on 60 years of long-term studies of Russia's Lake Baikal, Stephanie Hampton, an ecologist and deputy director of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Marianne Moore, a biologist at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass., along with...

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Baikal Seal
2013-05-01 12:55:55

The Baikal seal (Pusa sibirica), also known as the nerpa or the Lake Baikal seal, is a true seal in the Phocidae family that is native to Lake Baikal located in Siberia. This species is one of three seals that reside solely in fresh water areas. It is not known exactly how these seals came to inhabit such an isolated area, but some experts assert that a sea-passage was formed that linked the Arctic Ocean and Lake Baikal. The Baikal seal is one of the smallest of all true seal species,...

2013-02-19 13:06:23

Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent. It is located mainly in the eastern and northern hemispheres covering 8.7 percent of the Earth’s whole surface area and making up 30 percent of its land area. With about 4.3 billion people, it hosts 60 percent of the world’s current human population. This continent has a high growth rate in the modern era. For example, during the 20th century, Asia’s population almost quadrupled. This continent is defined as making up the...

2007-08-23 05:39:49

The Siberian Mountain Weasel (Mustela sibirica), is also known as the Siberian Weasel, Kolinsky or Himalayan Weasel. It is a rust colored relative of the weasel family. Siberian weasel fur makes the finest water color or oil paint brushes and is especially sought after by artists. The so-called kolinsky sable-hair brush is produced using the winter fur of the male Siberian weasel, not sable.

2005-06-09 08:35:22

The Horned Puffin (Fratercula corniculata) is an auk, similar in appearance to the Atlantic Puffin; this bird's bill is yellow at the base and red at the tip. It is a pelagic seabird that feeds primarily by diving for fish. They nest in colonies, often with other auks. The yellow bill plate grows before the breeding season and is shed later. They have a small fleshy black "horn" above their eyes. They have a white face with a dark line extending from the back of the eye and red feet....

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  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.