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2008-07-16 18:00:21

The Altai Republic on the southern border of Russia in Central Asia has been hit by at least 158 wildfires this year, officials said. At least three fires were reported to be burning Wednesday in the taiga or coniferous forest, Itar-Tass reported. Last year, there were only 126 fires in 12 months. So far this year, about 8,600 acres have been consumed by fire. About half the fires reported in July were caused by lightning strikes, while the other half are believed to have been...


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Great Basin Shrub Steppe
2013-04-19 20:40:07

The Great Basin shrub steppe ecoregion, located within the Deserts and xeric shrublands Biome, incorporates a variety of xeric shrub-steppe sub-ecoregions in the area of the Great Basin in the Western United States. It’s within the North American Desert area, and includes a great deal of Nevada, northeastern and eastern California east of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Range rain shadows, and some parts of Utah and Idaho. The Great Basin Desert and semi-arid non-desert xeric shrubland...

Kazakh Steppe
2013-04-18 23:05:43

The Kazakh Steppe, alternatively called Kirghiz Steppe, ecoregion located in the Palearctic Temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands Biome, is a wide region of open grassland in the northern part of Kazakhstan and adjacent portions of Russia, stretching eastwards to the Pontic steppe and to the west of the Emin Valley steppe, with which it creates part of the Eurasian steppe. The steppe stretches out more than 2,200 kilometers from the area east of the Caspian Depression and north of...

Kazakh Uplands
2013-04-18 23:02:25

The Kazakh Uplands, known also as the Kazakh Hummocks, is a large peneplain formation that stretches throughout the central and eastern regions of Kazakhstan. It’s made up of low mountain oases and elevated plains, and contains large deposits of coal within the north and copper within the south. Rare species, such as the Asiatic Cheetah, may still reside in this region. Several notable cities, including the country’s capital, Astana, are located there. A portion of the Kazakh Uplands...

Mongolian-Manchurian Grassland
2013-04-18 22:58:55

The Mongolian-Manchurian grassland ecoregion, known also as the Mongolian-Manchurian Steppe, located in the temperate grassland Biome, is found in Mongolia, the Chinese Autonomous region of Inner Mongolia and northeastern China. The grassland covers an area of 342,600 square miles. This Palearctic temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands ecoregion of the Temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands Biome, creates a large crescent around the Gobi Desert, stretching across central...

Pontic-Caspian Steppe
2013-04-18 22:55:55

The Pontic-Caspian Steppe is the massive steppeland that stretches from the northern shores of the Black Sea as far east as the Caspian Sea, from western Ukraine across the Southern Federal District and the Volga Federal District of Russia to western Kazakhstan, creating part of the larger Eurasian steppe, adjacent to the Kazakh steppe towards the east. It’s a portion of the Palearctic temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands ecoregion of the temperate grasslands, savannas, and...

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out-herod
  • 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.
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