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NC river turns to gray sludge after coal ash spill

NC river turns to gray sludge after coal ash spill | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Duke Energy estimates that up to 82,000 tons of ash has been released from a break in a 48-inch storm water pipe at the Dan River Power Plant in Eden N.C. on Sunday.
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Did You Know It Doesn’t Actually Snow in Subtropical Sochi? | TIME.com

Did You Know It Doesn’t Actually Snow in Subtropical Sochi? | TIME.com | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Here are some other disheartening facts about the upcoming Winter Olympics

 

Russia will host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the balmy seaside city of Sochi. And with more than $50 billion spent on them, they will be the most expensive Olympics ever. With the opening ceremony just under three weeks away, here’s a quick rundown on the Florida of Russia.


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"A 37-hour train ride from Moscow, it’s located in Russia’s Deep South, on the  Black Sea, and boasts palm trees, pebble beaches and sulfur hot springs..."    ". . .   710,000 cu m of  snow taken from the mountains last winter and kept in storage."

". . . close proximity to the restive North Caucasus region, where bitter insurgencies  in Chechnya and the republics of Dagestan and Ingushetia have led to armed  rebellion and terrorist attacks in the Russian interior."

 

"According to Reuters, the Winter Games in Sochi will coincide with the 150th  anniversary of the expulsion of Muslim Circassians from the Black Sea coast that  resulted in the estimated deaths of 1.5 million people. Circassians living in  the U.S. have staged  demonstrations to protest the International Olympic Committee’s decision to  host the games in Sochi."

 

"With less than three weeks to go until the opening ceremony of the Winter Games  commences, there are still 300,000 tickets still available."

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Cam E's curator insight, February 18, 2014 11:44 AM

I was aware of the fact it didn't snow in Sochi, but it really makes me wonder why that location was chosen, especially since it's so close to the conflict zone in the Northern Caucus mountains. One would imagine that Russia would have locations better suited for the winter games.

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If 3 Little Girls Did This To My House, I'd Do Everything I Could To Get Them Full Rides To Stanford

If 3 Little Girls Did This To My House, I'd Do Everything I Could To Get Them Full Rides To Stanford | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Tired of ads playing to the worst stereotypes of girls? Have I got the three little geniuses for you.
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Can you guess the dirt-cheap city? - MSN Real Estate

Can you guess the dirt-cheap city? - MSN Real Estate | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
These 15 areas are among the nation's most affordable — see whether you can name each.
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Agricultural Industry’s Dark Secret: Rape, Harassment, & Fear Common for Workers - Agriculture Industry Today

Agricultural Industry’s Dark Secret: Rape, Harassment, & Fear Common for Workers - Agriculture Industry Today | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Agricultural Industry’s Dark Secret: Rape, Harassment, & Fear Common for Workers. Press release distribution provided by Agriculture Industry Today
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This is from California, US

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Coffee in Hawaii and the other island http://www.thedailymeal.com/guide-worlds-coffee-regions

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"Think there's coffee growing in the middle of America? Wrong. America’s only coffee-producing region is found in Hawaii, with growing conditions similar to the other "islands": Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the Galapagos, and even Australia. The most well-known and sought-after coffee from the islands is the Jamaica Blue Mountain variety. The Jamaican Blue Mountain variety is low in acidity, sweet, and silky, making it one of the most popular coffee varieties out there. The Kona variety from Hawaii is just as popular, thanks to a buttery finish, deep aromatics, and medium body."

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Miss World Drama Fueled by Host Country Indonesia - ABC News

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Wall Street Journal Miss World Drama Fueled by Host Country Indonesia ABC News Beauty queens and backstage drama may seem inevitable, but at this year's Miss World competition, something more serious than hair-pulling and name-calling has come from...
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The Great September Gale

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http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-september-gale/

 

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894 / United States)

 

I'M not a chicken; I have seen
Full many a chill September,
And though I was a youngster then,
That gale I well remember;
The day before, my kite-string snapped,
And I, my kite pursuing,
The wind whisked off my palm-leaf hat;
For me two storms were brewing!

It came as quarrels sometimes do,
When married folks get clashing;
There was a heavy sigh or two,
Before the fire was flashing,
A little stir among the clouds,
Before they rent asunder,--
A little rocking of the trees,
And then came on the thunder.

Lord! how the ponds and rivers boiled!
They seemed like bursting craters!
And oaks lay scattered on the ground
As if they were p'taters
And all above was in a howl,
And all below a clatter,
The earth was like a frying-pan,
Or some such hissing matter.

It chanced to be our washing-day,
And all our things were drying; The storm came roaring through the lines,
And set them all a flying;
I saw the shirts and petticoats
Go riding off like witches;
I lost, ah! bitterly I wept,--
I lost my Sunday breeches!

I saw them straddling through the air,
Alas! too late to win them;
I saw them chase the clouds, as if
The devil had been in them;
They were my darlings and my pride,
My boyhood's only riches,--
"Farewell, farewell," I faintly cried,--
"My breeches! O my breeches!"

That night I saw them in my dreams,
How changed from what I knew them! The dews had steeped their faded threads,
The winds had whistled through them!
I saw the wide and ghastly rents
Where demon claws had torn them;
A hole was in their amplest part,
As if an imp had worn them.

I have had many happy years,
And tailors kind and clever,
But those young pantaloons have gone
Forever and forever!
And not till fate has cut the last
Of all my earthly stitches,
This aching heart shall cease to mourn
My loved, my long-lost breeches!

 

Oliver Wendelll Holmes

 

 

The September Gale

by Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

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I believe he was only 6 years old when the hurricane hit
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World Meteorological Organization

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The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations.       See this site for information on climate change and other issues

 

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Pakistan earthquake creates new island

Pakistan earthquake creates new island | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
The new mound of earth appears to be 20 to 40 feet high and 100 feet wide and rose out of the sea at a spot about 350 feet from the coast.
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Fishermen gather data on lobster fishery

Fishermen gather data on lobster fishery | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it

California's spiny lobster is a delectable, highly mobile crustacean, worth about $13.7-million dockside in 2012, according to fisheries managers. The lobster from the Golden State lacks the crushing claws of Maine lobsters

 

The idea behind a collaborative at-sea sampling program is to engage fishermen in the process of data collection, as well as interpretation, thereby providing a more cost-effective means for obtaining information needed for management,” Culver said by email.

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Ex-News of the World and Sunday Mirror journalist to be charged

Ex-News of the World and Sunday Mirror journalist to be charged | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Dan Evans accused of conspiring to intercept voicemail messages of 'well-known people and their associates'. By Josh Halliday
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Oil Pirates and the Mystery Ship

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"Forget Somalia, the world's new epicenter of piracy is on the other side of Africa."

 

Some experts believe that the uptick in the number and geographical reach of pirate attacks is due in part precisely to the 2009 government amnesty for the Nigerian militants in the Niger Delta who had justified their attacks on oil infrastructure and their widespread theft of crude oil as a political protest. "With the political pretense lost, there is no longer any need for oil thieves to limit themselves to targets in the Delta," a United Nations study said.


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This article points to the little known problem of piracy off the western coast of Africa.  When one thinks of African piracy, one thinks of the Somali pirates it is important to know that piracy is not just limited to eastern Africa.

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Climate Change 2013 Working Group I: The Physical Science Basis

The IPCC has produced a video on its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The first part on the Working Group I contribution to AR5 is now available. The other par...
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A Photographer Persuades Strangers To Do Something Really Odd, And They Totally Love It

A Photographer Persuades Strangers To Do Something Really Odd, And They Totally Love It | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
At a time when people seem addicted to their phones, this kind of connection is totally unexpected.
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Real Estate videos: News, features and advice - MSN Real Estate HIGH RISE BUILDING IN NYC HAS SEPARATE ENTRANCE FOR LOW INCOME TENANTS

Real Estate videos: News, features and advice - MSN Real Estate   HIGH RISE BUILDING IN NYC HAS SEPARATE ENTRANCE FOR LOW INCOME TENANTS | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Watch the latest real estate videos on news covering the housing market, mortgage rates, foreclosures and more.
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2000 year old phalluses-obscene pagan symbos- Reveal Birth Date of Italian City : DNews

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Two phalluses engraved on a 2,000-year-old stone may provide scholars with the exact date of the foundation of the city of Aosta in northern Italy.

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Friday’s Food For Thought: Mapping Opportunity

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Map Reveals Connections Between Geography and Economic Mobility By Lindsay Tilton Academic economists from Harvard University and the University of Ca... (Very interesting.
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Watermark: Terrible beauty in an epic water journey - The Globe and Mail

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Watermark: Terrible beauty in an epic water journey
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As it has half a world away, too, at the Ogallala Aquifer, a massive underwater reservoir that supports farming operations in seven American states.
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Geography of Coffee - GIS Lounge

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Almost everything can be seen through the eyes of a geographer.  Take coffee, for example; to most people, coffee is a delicious beverage and nothing more.
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http://www.gislounge.com/geography-of-coffee/

 

The map of coffee consumption is interesting......we just love our coffee!

I think Rhode Island has the most Dunkin Donuts per area size

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Floods in Colorado : Natural Hazards

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The flooded South Platte River covered roads and farmland when Landsat 8 acquired this image on September 17.
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58 more missing in Hurricane Manuel's wake

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Mexican officials raised the death toll from Manuel to 80, but haven't yet counted the 58 people thought to be lost in a massive landslide after the storm became a hurricane.
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The Daily Reel: September 11, 2013

The Daily Reel: September 11, 2013 | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Humpbacks Arrive in Record Numbers to Monterey Bay; Molasses Spill Kills Hundreds of Fish in Honolulu Harbor; Puerto Rico Beach Keeps Powerful Waves at Bay
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