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2005-08-15 05:58:47

By Maria Golovnina MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia cordoned off roads and slaughtered hundreds of birds on Monday to contain the advance of a bird flu epidemic toward Western Europe. The outbreak, previously confined to five remote areas of Siberia, has now struck a major industrial region -- Chelyabinsk in the Ural mountains, which separate Asia from Europe. "All ill and infected birds are being slaughtered there," the Agriculture Ministry said in a statement. It was unclear whether the...

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2005-06-04 10:48:04

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Arctic lakes are shrinking, and melting permafrost brought on by higher temperatures may be the reason, according to a research paper. California, Alaska and New York researchers compared satellite images spanning 30 years of more than 10,000 large lakes over 200,000 square miles in Siberia. They concluded that lakes where permafrost remains frozen are growing. But where permafrost has thinned or completely melted, lakes are shrinking or disappearing, a change that...

2005-06-03 19:04:56

Fairbanks, Alaska - Continued arctic warming may be causing a decrease in the number and size of Arctic lakes. The issue is the subject of a paper published in the June 3 issue of the journal "Science." The paper, titled, "Disappearing Arctic Lakes" is the result of a comparison of satellite data taken of Siberia in the early 1970s to data from 1997-2004. Researchers, including Larry Hinzman with the Water and Environmental Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, tracked...


Latest Siberia Reference Libraries

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,...

Asia
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...

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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.

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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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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.