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Back Allegheny Mountain

Back Allegheny Mountain is a long mountain ridge in eastern West Virginia. It is part of the Shavers Fork Mountain Complex in the Allegheny Range of the Appalachians. Back Allegheny Mountain runs 18 miles north to south and 8 miles east to west, covering a geographic area of 76 square miles; the mountain rises abruptly from the Greenbrier River valley in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, runs nearly parallel to Cheat Mountain to its west. The mountain reaches its elevational climax of 4,843 feet at Bald Knob, 5 miles north of Snowshoe Ski Resort; the second highest point on the mountain is Hosterman Benchmark West at 4,757 feet. Hosterman is 3.3 miles north of Bald Knob. North of U. S. Route 250 west of Durbin, the same structural fold of the Earth's crust that forms Back Allegheny Mountain continues north as Shavers Mountain for an additional 35 miles; the entirety of Back Allegheny Mountain is protected by the Monongahela National Forest. The summit of Bald Knob is owned by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

Back Allegheny and other mountains in the area are known for their extensive red spruce forests, as well as other high altitude plants and animals. The whole of Back Allegheny is an environmentally sensitive area. Bald Knob is the terminus of the 11-mile long Cass Scenic Railroad State Park; the railroad carries visitors to an elevation of 4,730 feet 0.25 miles north of the summit ridge. An overlook platform gives visitors a view of the Greenbrier Valley and, on clear days, a view all the way into Virginia 12 miles away. Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort is situated in the bowl-shaped convergence of Back Allegheny with Cheat Mountain at the head of Shavers Fork; this area is the southern terminus of both mountains. Bald Knob Shavers Fork Mountain Complex Cass Scenic Railroad State Park Cheat Mountain Leatherbark Run "Back Allegheny Mountain". Peakbagger.com. "Bald Knob, West Virginia". Peakbagger.com

Shire of Murray

The Shire of Murray is a local government area of Western Australia. It has an area of 1,710.1 square kilometres and is located in the Peel Region about 80 kilometres south of the Perth central business district. The Shire extends across the Peel Inlet and the Swan Coastal Plain into the Darling Scarp, including about 77,000 hectares of State forests. Timber logging and agriculture were the traditional enterprises of the district. However, in recent decades, bauxite mining and a significant equine and tourism industry have emerged; the Murray River flows all year throughout the district. It offers premier country racing and trotting facilities, a golf course and an array of festivals and events; the Shire is centred on the town of Pinjarra, one of the oldest towns in Western Australia where a number of 19th-century mud brick buildings are still in use today. The area was first settled in 1834 by Sir Thomas Peel. On 7 November 1868, the Murray District Roads Committee had its first meeting in Pinjarra.

The Shire of Murray originated as the Murray Road District, gazetted on 25 January 1871. On 1 July 1961, it became the Shire of Murray following the passage of the Local Government Act 1960, which reformed all remaining road districts into shires. At the 1954 census, which had seceded from Murray, had a population of 1,687. John McLarty, Murray Roads Board member 1870. Official website

Twilight in the Desert

Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy is a book by American investment banker Matthew Simmons. The text was published on June 10, 2005 by John Wiley & Sons; the book focuses on the petroleum industry of Saudi Arabia and posits that this country is approaching—or at—its peak oil output and cannot increase its oil production. In 2005, Matt Simmons wrote. In it, he summarized what he learned about Saudi Arabian oil production by reading 200 academic papers, he concluded from his analysis that the oil extraction techniques being used there were techniques that one might use if the fields were quite depleted. Because of this, he doubted that we should believe stories that Saudi oil production can be expanded. Instead, he raised the possibility that in the not too distant future, Saudi oil production will decline. Matt's research underlying the book was no doubt behind his concern that oil reserves and oil production rates are not audited. —Review on theoildrum.com Simmons' prediction of rising oil prices made in Twilight in the Desert led to a bet with New York Times columnist John Tierney in August 2005.

The two men bet US$10,000, the year-end average of the daily price-per-barrel of crude oil for the entire calendar year of 2010 adjusted for inflation would be at least $200, with Simmons predicting that it would be higher and Tierney taking the opposite position. The average price for a barrel of oil in 2010 turned out to be $80, less than the $200 Simmons had predicted. Simmons died on August 8, 2010, the bet was paid out by his colleagues in Tierney's favor. Themed books include: Beyond Oil by Kenneth Deffeyes Hot and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman The Future of Oil: A Straight Story of the Canadian Oil Sands by Sanjay K. Patel Oil 101 by Morgan Downey Matt Simmons “Twilight in the Desert” Saudi Arabia oil: how much left