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Big Sur

Big Sur is a rugged and mountainous section of the Central Coast of California between Carmel Highlands and San Simeon, where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise abruptly from the Pacific Ocean. It is praised for its dramatic scenery. Big Sur has been called the "longest and most scenic stretch of undeveloped coastline in the contiguous United States," a "national treasure that demands extraordinary procedures to protect it from development" and "one of the most beautiful coastlines anywhere in the world, an isolated stretch of road, mythic in reputation." The stunning views, redwood forests, hiking and other recreational opportunities have made Big Sur a popular destination for about 7 million people who live within a day's drive and visitors from across the world. The region receives about the same number of visitors as Yosemite National Park, but offers limited bus service, few restrooms, a narrow two-lane highway with few places to park alongside the road. North-bound traffic during the peak summer season and holiday weekends is backed up for about 20 miles from Big Sur Village to Carmel.

The unincorporated region encompassing Big Sur does not have specific boundaries, but is considered to include the 71-mile segment of California State Route 1 between Malpaso Creek near Carmel Highlands in the north and San Carpóforo Creek near San Simeon in the south, as well as the entire Santa Lucia range between these creeks. The interior region is uninhabited, while the coast remains isolated and sparsely populated, with between 1,800 and 2,000 year-round residents and few visitor accommodations scattered among four small settlements; the region remained one of the most inaccessible areas of California and the entire United States until, after 18 years of construction, the Carmel–San Simeon Highway was completed in 1937. Along with the ocean views, this winding, narrow road cut into the face of towering seaside cliffs, dominates the visitor's experience of Big Sur; the highway has been closed more than 55 times by landslides, in May 2017, a 2,000,000-cubic-foot slide blocked the highway at Mud Creek, north of Salmon Creek near the San Luis Obispo County line, to just south of Gorda.

The road was reopened on July 18, 2018. The region is protected by the Big Sur Local Coastal Plan, which preserves it as "open space, a small residential community, agricultural ranching." Approved in 1986, the plan is one of the most restrictive local-use programs in the state, is regarded as one of the most restrictive documents of its kind anywhere. The program protects viewsheds from the highway and many vantage points, restricts the density of development. About 60% of the coastal region is owned by governmental or private agencies which do not allow any development; the majority of the interior region is part of the Los Padres National Forest, Ventana Wilderness, Silver Peak Wilderness or Fort Hunter Liggett. The original Spanish-language name for the mountainous terrain south of Monterey was el país grande del sur, which means "the big country of the south." The name el Sud was first used in the Rancho El Sur land grant made in 1834. In 1915, English-speaking settlers formally adopted "Big Sur" as the name for their post office.

Big Sur is not an incorporated town but instead refers to an area without formal boundaries in California's Central Coast region. Visitors may identify Big Sur with the small community of buildings and services 26 miles south of Carmel in the Big Sur River valley, known to locals as Big Sur Village; the various informal boundaries applied to the region have expanded north and south over time. Esther Pfeiffer Ewoldson, born in 1904 and was a granddaughter of Big Sur pioneers Micheal and Barbara Pfeiffer, wrote that the region extended from the Little Sur River 23 miles south to Slates Hot Springs. Members of the Harlen family, who homesteaded the Lucia region 9 miles south of Slates Hot Springs, said that Big Sur was "miles and miles to the north of us." Prior to the construction of Highway 1, residents on the south coast had little contact with residents to the north of them. Most current descriptions of the area refer to Malpaso Creek 4.5 miles south of the Carmel River as the northern border.

The southern border is accepted to be San Carpóforo Creek in San Luis Obispo County. The vast majority of visitors only see Big Sur's dramatic coastline and consider the Big Sur region to include only the coastal flanks of the Santa Lucia Mountains, which at various points extend from 3 to 12 miles inland; some residents place the eastern border at the boundaries of the vast inland areas comprising the Los Padres National Forest, Ventana Wilderness, Silver Peak Wilderness, or the unpopulated regions all the way to the eastern foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains. Author and local historian Jeff Norman considered Big Sur to extend inland to include the watersheds that drain into the Pacific Ocean. Author Lillian Ross described Big Sur as "not a place at all but a state of mind." The name "Big Sur" has its origins in the area's early Spanish history. While the Portolá expedition was exploring Alta California, they arrived at San Carpóforo Canyon near present-day San Simeon on September 13, 1769.

Unable to penetrate the difficult terrain along the coast, they detoured inland through the San Antonio and Salinas Valleys before arriving at Monterey Bay, where they founded Monterey and named it the provincial capital. The Spanish referred to the vast and unexplored coastal region to the south of Monterey as el país grande del sur, meaning "the big country of the south"; this was shortened to el sur gran

Coretta Scott (band)

Coretta Scott is a rock band from Spokane, Washington. Coretta Scott were formed in 2003 in Washington. While the band were part of the "Screamo" movement, they shunned the "emo" title of the period onstage, in their music and in interviews encouraging people to "remember what it was like to be happy and just love music.". The band was known for their extensive touring in their active years, listing over 300 shows on their official site. After signing to Rise Records, the band released their full-length album Scream & Shout in August 2005; the hype leading up to its release propelled the band to the #1 spot for most hits on the PureVolume charts, topping much larger Major label bands such as Fallout Boy, Taking Back Sunday and Emery. The album was well received by critics, with reviews in from magazines like OutBurn, iTunes and favorable mentions in Alternative Press. Absolutepunk.net described the band as having "a gift for writing catchy tunes that won't leave your head for days." Leaving the band a four-piece, original vocalist Seth Woodward left the band to focus on his side project "Paper Mache."

The band continued on as a four-piece, With Albright on Vocals and Thomason left to sole Guitar duties. The new incarnation of the band represented a more stripped-down, raw sound; the ep Red Delicious was released in Spring of 2007 to favorable reviews, although some were left confused with the change in direction of the band. The band has been inactive since 2007, with sporadic shows happening in the following years for various causes. Thomason has since stayed busy with bands such as London Get Down. Vocalist Josh Albright Ca and joined the band Kaura. Coretta Scott Official Myspace Page Stairs Hit Hard Music Video

√Ątran (river)

Ätran is a Swedish river. The river is about 240 km long, has its source in Gullered, Västergötland, at a height of 332 m above sea level; the river has its mouth in Falkenberg, where the river enters Kattegat. The drainage basin has an area of 3,343 km ²; the river is well known as a good place for fishing. It is comparatively unpolluted A road used for thousands of Redvägen, followed the river. Along the road several battles took place during the medieval era; the river passes through several minor lakes in Västergötland. By the time it reaches Åsunden, a lake of some size, it is about 1–2 m deep och 6–10 m wide; as the tributaries named Lillån join the river it gain in size. The largest tributary is Högvadsån. Other main tributaries are Assman, which join the river close to Örsås church and Kalvån, which join the river close to Östra Frölunda church; the drainage basin include the major parts of Falkenberg, Svenljunga and Ulricehamn Municipalities. Smaller parts of Falköping, Borås, Mark and Varberg Municipalities are part of the drainage basin.

Within the basin 64 percent of the area is forest, 6 percent lakes, 7 procent bogs, 11 procent fields och 12 percent other. The largest lakes within the basin are Fegen, Sämsjön, Lönern och Kalven. In total there is about 200 km² of lakes within the basin; the water flow at Yngeredsfors Power Station has been kept record of. It was on average 37,2 m³/s during the years 1909-1967; the maximum flow was 275 m³/s, while the minimum flow was about 5–7 m³/s