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2008-12-15 09:00:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the arrival of snow and seasonal temperatures, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is reminding winter outdoor enthusiasts that Pennsylvania's extensive state forest and park systems are the perfect place for cold-weather fun. Snowmobiling season opened Sunday in state forests and parks, and DCNR is providing condition updates on its toll-free, snowmobile hot line, 1-877-SNOMBLE (1-877-766-6253). DCNR also provides...

2008-08-06 09:00:30

By ETHAN WILENSKY-LANFORD The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is preserving 2,121 acres along the upper reaches of the Connecticut River, in the Clarksville, Pittsburg and Connecticut Lakes region north of Colebrook. Jack Savage, who directs outreach at the Forest Society, explained: What is the preserved land like? With a parcel that large, it includes some pretty diverse habitat, including riparian habitat, which basically means forest along a river. It also includes...

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2008-07-16 10:55:00

Several snowmobiles navigated speedily over arctic ice and snow in Alaska's outback in late June. This scene might seem ordinary except that the recently unveiled snowmobiles are unmanned, autonomous, toy-size robots called SnoMotes "“ the first prototype network of their kind envisioned to rove treacherous areas of the Arctic and Antarctic capturing more accurate measurements that will help scientists better understand what is causing the well-documented melting of ice in those...

2007-02-28 18:35:14

By Michael Lafleur, The Sun, Lowell, Mass. Feb. 28--Maine authorities yesterday said Carlisle resident Paul Blanco is presumed to have drowned after mistakenly driving his snowmobile into open water on Sebago Lake Saturday night. Mark Latti, a spokesman for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, yesterday said authorities have been searching the northern end of the lake for the 45-year-old Blanco's body since the accident occurred. He said boats and divers searched...

2007-02-28 18:35:13

By DAVID SHARP PORTLAND, Maine - A snowmobile operator who encountered open water while racing across a partially frozen lake saved himself from drowning by accelerating fast enough to glide over the waves for at least a mile. Another rider was missing and presumed dead. Gary Huntley said he had never ridden a snowmobile over water - a dangerous practice known as "skimming" - but had heard it was possible. So when the ice on one of Maine's largest lakes abruptly ended during a ride...


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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