Geography

Aleutian Islands

Aleutian Islands

The Aleutian Islands (/əˈluːʃən/; Russian: Алеутские острова; Aleut: Unangam Tanaa, literally “Land of the Aleuts”, possibly from Chukchi aliat, “island”), a chain of small islands separating the Bering Sea (north) from the Pacific Ocean’s main part (south). A s.....

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Commander Islands, Russia

Commander Islands, Russia

The Commander Islands, also known as the Komandorski Islands, or the Komandorskie Islands (Russian: Командо́рские острова́, Komandorskiye Ostrova) are known for their large colonies of coastal cliff-lined seabirds and large numbers of different marine mammals. The islands are.....

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Death Valley, Kamchatka, Russia

Death Valley, Kamchatka, Russia

The official history of Kamchatka’s Death Valley, Russia, starts several years after the emergence of the reserve. Nobody knew about it for a long time, measured in years, although it is in the immediate vicinity of the famous Geysers Valley, which is respected and enjoyed by both scientist.....

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Pharaoh’s Island

Pharaoh’s Island

Pharaoh’s Island (Arabic: جزيرة فرعون‎ Jazīrat Fir‘aun) is the name of an islet north of the Gulf of Aqaba on the eastern coast of Egypt’s the Sinai Peninsula. The north-South Island is 350 meters (380 yd) long, and up to 170 meters (190 yd) wide. It has an area of 3.9 .....

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Difference between Flora and Fauna

Difference between Flora and Fauna

The term ‘flora’ is defined as all the naturally occurring native plants of a particular region. Fauna is all the animal life present in a particular place or at a particular time period. A major difference between flora and fauna is that flora is composed of plants whereas fauna refers to an.....

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Breccia – a rock composed of broken fragments of minerals

Breccia – a rock composed of broken fragments of minerals

Breccia is a term most often used for clastic sedimentary rocks that are composed of large angular fragments. It is a rock composed of broken fragments of minerals or rock cemented together by a fine-grained matrix that can be similar to or different from the composition of the fragments. The spa.....

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Menorca Island, Spain

Menorca Island, Spain

Menorca (Catalan: məˈnɔɾkə, Spanish: meˈnoɾka) or Minorca (English: /mɪˈnɔːrkə/ min-OR-kə; from Latin: Insula Minor, lit. ‘smaller island’, later Minorica), an island of the Balearic Islands provincia (province) and comunidad autónoma (autonomous community), Spain. Situa.....

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BukuWarung, a startup digitizing Indonesia’s SMEs, rises new funding from Rocketship.vc

BukuWarung, a startup digitizing Indonesia’s SMEs, rises new funding from Rocketship.vc

Focusing on digitizing the country’s 60 million small businesses, Indonesian startup BukuWarung announced today that it has raised new funds from Rocketship.vc and Indonesian retailers. The amount was undeclared, but sources say it has brought in $20 million in total funding for BukuWarung .....

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Gillmor Gang: In My Room

Gillmor Gang: In My Room

As soon as we started developing a newsletter, the newsletter industry exploded. Twitter jumped to buying reviews, Facebook spread rumors of investigating the platform, and each new day brings more experimentation. You can blame it for lifting the fog of post-Trump frustration. The epidemic .....

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Red Beryl – a one-source gemstone

Red Beryl – a one-source gemstone

Red beryl is a one-source gemstone that is extremely rare. It is a red variety of beryl. It was first described in 1904 for an occurrence, its type locality, at Maynard’s Claim (Pismire Knolls), Thomas Range, Juab County, Utah. The gemstone gets its rich color from trace amounts of manganes.....

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Mallorca Island, Spain

Mallorca Island, Spain

The largest island in the province of the Balearic Islands (province) and comunidad autónoma (autonomous community), Spain, is Mallorca (Catalan: məˈʎɔɾkə, Spanish: maˈʎoɾka) or Majorca (English: /məˈjɔːrkə, -ˈdʒɔːr-/ mə-YOR-kə, -⁠JOR-), an ancient (Latin) Balearis Major, o.....

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Surfing the Wind Could Cut Long-Distance Flights’ Environmental Costs

Surfing the Wind Could Cut Long-Distance Flights’ Environmental Costs

Researchers claim that the aircraft’s flying intercontinental routes are failing to drive the wind to their full potential, spending more money than necessary and emitting more greenhouse gases. Better use of satellite data can reduce the environmental costs of air travel. The fact that a g.....

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