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Geography of Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is located on the west coast of Africa, between the 7th and 10th parallels north of the equator. Sierra Leone is bordered by Guinea to the north and northeast, Liberia to the south and southeast, the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Sierra Leone has a total area of 71,740 km2, divided into a land area of 71,620 km2 and water of 120 km2. Sierra Leone is located on the west coast of Africa, between the 7th and 10th parallels north of the equator. Sierra Leone is bordered by Guinea to the north and northeast, Liberia to the south and southeast, the Atlantic Ocean to the west; the country has a total area of 71,740 km2, divided into a land area of 71,620 km2 and water of 120 km2. Sierra Leone has four distinct geographical regions: coastal Guinean mangroves, the wooded hill country, an upland plateau, the eastern mountains. Eastern Sierra Leone is an interior region of large plateaus interspersed with high mountains, where Mount Bintumani rises to 1,948 meters. Sierra Leone can be split into three geological areas, in the east is part of the West African craton, the western area consists of the Rokelides, an orogenic belt, a 20- to 30-km coastal strip of sediments.

This is a list of the extreme points of Sierra Leone, the points that are farther north, east or west than any other location. Northernmost point – the northern section of the border with Guinea, Northern Province* Easternmost point – the tripoint with Guinea and Liberia, Eastern Province Southernmost point – unnamed peninsula south of the town of Mano Salija at the mouth of the Mano River, Southern Province Westernmost point - the point at which the border with Guinea enters the Atlantic Ocean, Northern Province *Note: Sierra Leone does not have a northernmost point, the border being formed here by 10th parallel north The climate is tropical. There are two seasons. December to January are the coolest months of the year, although temperatures can still exceed 40°C, lower to moderate humidity makes the heat around this time of the year more tolerable. Unlike March and April, the months that it gets uncomfortably hot and humid with temperatures around 38°C - 45°C and a solid 90% humidity, making the heat index higher than the actual temperature.

The average sea temperature is 30°C. C s 27 °C 25 °C to 29 °C year. Average rainfall is highest at 3000 -- 5000 mm per year. Rapid population growth in Sierra Leone has put pressure upon the natural environment. Environmental problems include the overharvesting of timber, the expansion of cattle grazing and slash and burn agriculture have resulted in deforestation and soil exhaustion, overfishing. Sierra Leone is party to several environmental agreements: Biodiversity Climate Change Desertification Endangered Species Law of the Sea Marine Life Conservation Nuclear Test Ban Ramsar ConventionSigned, but not ratified: Environmental Modification Geographic coordinates: 8°30′N 11°30′W Land boundaries: total: 1,0938 km border countries: Guinea 794 km, Liberia 299 km Coastline: 402 km Maritime claims: territorial sea: 200 nmi. contiguous zone: 24 nmi. exclusive economic zone: 200 nmi. continental shelf: 200 m depth or to the depth of exploitation. Climate: tropical.

2014 Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal

The 2014 Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal was the fifth edition of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal, a single-day professional bicycle road race. It was held on 14 September 2014, over a distance of 205.7 km, finishing in Montréal. It was the 26th event of the 2014 UCI World Tour season; the race is one of the only two events which are part of the World Tour calendar in North America, the other one being the 2014 Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec contested two days earlier. As the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal was a UCI World Tour event, all 18 UCI ProTeams were invited automatically and obligated to send a squad. A Canadian national squad competed in the race, as such, forming the event's 19-team peloton; the 19 teams that competed in the race were: The race consisted of 17 laps of a circuit 12.1 km in length, followed the same path as the 2011 edition. The circuit, around the main campus of the Université de Montréal, was well-suited for climbers and punchers with three climbs per lap; the finish was on an uphill climb with a small gradient of 4%, located on Avenue du Parc.

There was a sharp, 180 degrees bend to the right situated 500 meters away from the line. The total vertical climb of the race was 3,893 meters; the major difficulties were: Kilometer 2: Côte Camilien-Houde: 1,8 kilometers, average gradient of 8% Kilometer 6: Côte de la Polytechnque: 780 meters, average gradient of 6% with a pass of 200 meters at 11% Kilometer 11: Avenue du Parc: 560 meters, average gradient of 4% Official website

Muñagorriren bertsoak

Muñagorriren bertsoak were a set of written bertsos—extemporaneous poems in Basque—fashioned and released in Gipuzkoa, Basque Country during 1838 on the last stage of the First Carlist War in Spain. The First Carlist War saw the publication of bertso leaflets promoting one faction or another, with some of them reaching wide circulation and influence in public opinion across Basque language areas, the main Carlist stronghold; the Muñagorri bertsos were issued by José Antonio Muñagorri's faction with a view to encouraging a split with Carlos de Borbón and an end to war, in exchange for keeping a reduced version of home rule in the Basque Country—"Peace and Fueros." Muñagorri's influence on the ground was small, but his talks with Liberals in Madrid paved the way to the Embrace of Bergara. While the whole version extends longer, the reduced, most known version is made up of six paragraphs, popularized in modern times by singer-songwriter Benito Lertxundi. *Top to bottom, left to right Zavala, A.

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Geography of Dubai

Dubai is situated on the Persian Gulf coast of the United Arab Emirates. Apart from being a city, it forms one of the seven emirates of the country, it is at sea level. The emirate of Dubai shares borders with Abu Dhabi in the south, Sharjah in the northeast, the Sultanate of Oman in the southeast. Hatta, a minor exclave of the emirate, is surrounded on three sides by Oman and by the emirates of Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah; the Persian Gulf borders the western coast of the emirate. Dubai is positioned at 25.2697°N 55.3095°E / 25.2697. Dubai lies directly within the Arabian Desert. However, the topography of Dubai is different from that of the southern portion of the UAE in that much of Dubai's landscape is highlighted by sandy desert patterns, while gravel deserts dominate much of the southern region of the country; the sand consists of crushed shell and coral and is fine and white. East of the city, the salt-crusted coastal plains, known as sabkha, give way to a north-south running line of dunes.

Farther east, the dunes are tinged red with iron oxide. The flat sandy desert gives way to the Western Hajar Mountains, which run alongside Dubai's border with Oman at Hatta; the Western Hajar chain has an arid and shattered landscape, whose mountains rise to about 1,300 meters in some places. Dubai has no natural river oases. Dubai has multiple gorges and waterholes which dot the base of the Western Al Hajar mountains. A vast sea of sand dunes covers much of southern Dubai, leads into the desert known as The Empty Quarter. Seismically, Dubai is in a stable zone—the nearest seismic fault line, the Zagros Fault, is 200 km from the UAE and is unlikely to have any seismic impact on Dubai. Experts predict that the possibility of a tsunami in the region is minimal because the Persian Gulf waters are not deep enough to trigger a tsunami; the sandy desert surrounding the city supports occasional date palms. Desert hyacinths grow in the sabkha plains east of the city, while acacia and ghaf trees grow in the flat plains within the proximity of the Western Al Hajar mountains.

Several indigenous trees such as the Date palm and neem as well as imported trees like the eucalypts grow in Dubai's natural parks. The houbara bustard, striped hyena, desert fox and Arabian oryx are common in Dubai's desert. Dubai is on the migration path between Europe and Africa, more than 320 migratory bird species pass through the emirate in spring and autumn; the waters of Dubai are home including the hammour. The typical marine life off the Dubai coast includes tropical fish, coral, dolphins and sharks. Various types of turtles can be found in the area including the hawksbill turtle and green turtle which are listed as endangered species. Dubai Creek runs northeast-southwest through the city; the eastern section of the city forms the locality of Deira and is flanked by the emirate of Sharjah in the east and the town of Al Aweer in the south. The Dubai International Airport is located south of Deira, while the Palm Deira is located north of Deira in the Persian Gulf. Much of Dubai's real-estate boom is concentrated to the west of the Dubai Creek, on the Jumeirah coastal belt.

Port Rashid, Jebel Ali, Burj Al Arab, the Palm Jumeirah and theme-based free-zone clusters such as Business Bay are all located in this section

Walter Paepcke

Walter Paepcke was a U. S. industrialist and philanthropist prominent in the mid-20th century. A longtime executive of the Chicago-based Container Corporation of America, Paepcke is best noted for his founding of the Aspen Institute and the Aspen Skiing Company in the early 1950s, both of which helped transform the town of Aspen, Colorado into an international resort destination and popularize the sport of skiing in the United States. Walter was born to Hermann, an immigrant from Mecklenburg, Paula Paepcke, the daughter of German immigrants, in Chicago, Illinois. Hermann owned a lumber mill and box-making company, young Paepcke grew up in an upper-middle class home, he was a 1913 graduate of the Latin School of Chicago. He began working for his father, took over the company, the Chicago Mill & Lumber, Co. After his father's death in 1922, Paepcke began producing paper. After acquiring several other manufacturing and box companies, Paepcke formed the Container Corporation of America in 1926; the company was successful and made boxes for Procter & Gamble, Sears Roebuck, General Electric, among others.

CCA emphasized artistry, making their boxes stand out. Paepcke's wife, Elizabeth Paepcke, was the sister of American diplomatic figure Paul Nitze. In 1949 Paepcke made Aspen the site for a celebration of the 200th birthday of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Albert Schweitzer, José Ortega y Gasset, Thornton Wilder, Artur Rubinstein all attended the celebration; the next year, Paepcke created. Walter and Elizabeth founded the Aspen Music Festival and School in 1949, Walter served as the festival's director until 1954 when he appointed baritone Mack Harrell to take over. Paepcke hired Bauhaus designer Herbert Bayer and brought him to Aspen to promote the project through poster design and other design work; the New Bauhaus had links to the Armour Institute of Technology. In 1951 he founded the seminal International Design Conference in Aspen to provide a forum for discussion on design, "where the human spirit can flourish." The primary IDCA objective was to connect culture with commerce by inviting both international business and industry leaders together with representatives from various commercial design fields such as industrial design, graphic design and architecture, as well as those in the fine arts and fields such as psychology and literature.

The first conference, in June 1951, brought together over two-hundred and fifty designers and business leaders. Speakers at the conference included business leaders Stanley Marcus, Andrew McNally III, Harley Earl, Hans Knoll; the annual conference format included keynote speakers, panel discussions and informal, social gatherings. These activities integrated those from commerce and culture into settings that stimulated dialogue and insights; the existence of IDCA established a key collaborative forum on the topic on managing design within corporations for the benefit of society, as well as adding value to business. IDCA was held every June in Aspen from 1951 to 2004. Reference to personal papers archived in the University of Chicago


Chergach is a meteorite found at southwest of El Mokhtar, Erg Chech, Timbuktu district, Mali. It fell on 2 or 3 July 2007, in daytime, was composed of ordinary chondrite. During 2007 fall and winter about 100 kilograms of meteorites were collected in the Erg Chech, north of Taoudenni. Desert nomads reported that during daytime in July 2007 several detonations were heard over a wide area, a smoke cloud was seen and several stones fell from the sky, however no fireball was reported. Ouled Bleila was the finder of the first meteorites, but he died in October 2007 in a car accident on his way back from the trip to the Chergach strewn field. According to the Tuareg people, the elliptical strewn field stretches for more than 20 kilometres. Glossary of meteoritics A fine example of a fresh crusted individual is pictured here