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New Research Shows Venice Is Now Slipping And Sinking
2012-03-21 11:37:05

Once thought to have stabilized, new measurements reveal that Venice continues to sink slowly. For a while, global rising sea levels were thought to be the cause for the growing waters in the famous canals. Yehuda Bock, a geodesist with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, in La Jolla, California, said about the rising: “Venice appears to be continuing to subside, at a rate of about 2 millimeters a year.” “It´s a small...


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monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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