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Geography of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka called "Ceylon", is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, southeast of the Indian subcontinent, in a strategic location near major Indian Ocean sea lanes. The nation has a total area of 65,610 km ², with 870 km ² of water, its coastline is 1,340 km long. The main island of Sri Lanka has an area of 65,268 km². Dozens of offshore islands account for the remaining 342 km² area; the largest offshore island, Mannar Island, leads to Adam's Bridge. Adam's Bridge, a land connection to the Indian mainland, is now submerged with only a chain of limestone shoals remaining above sea level. According to temple records, this natural causeway was complete, but was breached by a violent storm in 1480; the formation is known as Rama's Bridge, as according to Hindu mythology, it was constructed during the rule of Lord Rama. Sri Lanka's climate includes tropical monsoons: the northeast monsoon, the southwest monsoon, its terrain is low, flat to rolling plain, with mountains in the south-central interior.

The highest point is Pidurutalagala at 2,524.13 m. Natural resources include limestone, mineral sands, phosphates and hydropower. More than 90% of Sri Lanka's surface lies on Precambrian strata, some of it dating back 2 billion years; the granulite facies rocks of the Highland Series make up most of the island and the amphibolite facies gneisses and granitic gneisses of the Vinjayan Series occur in the eastern and southeastern lowlands. Jurassic sediments are present today in small areas near the western coast and Miocene limestones underlie the northwestern part of the country and extend south in a narrow belt along the west coast; the metamorphic rock surface was created by the transformation of ancient sediments under intense heat and pressure during mountain-building processes. The theory of plate tectonics suggests that these rocks and related rocks forming most of south India were part of a single southern landmass called Gondwanaland. Beginning about 200 million years ago, forces within the Earth's mantle began to separate the lands of the Southern Hemisphere, a crustal plate supporting both India and Sri Lanka moved toward the northeast.

About 45 million years ago, the Indian plate collided with the Asian landmass, raising the Himalayas in northern India, continuing to advance to the present time. Sri Lanka does not experience earthquakes or major volcanic events because it rides on the center of the plate; the island contains limited strata of sedimentation surrounding its ancient uplands. Aside from recent deposits along river valleys, only two small fragments of Jurassic sediment occur in Puttalam District, while a more extensive belt of Miocene limestone is found along the northwest coast, overlain in many areas by Pleistocene deposits; the northwest coast is part of the deep Cauvery River Basin of southeast India, collecting sediments from the highlands of India and Sri Lanka since the breakup of Gondwanaland. Extensive faulting and erosion over time have produced a wide range of topographic features. Three zones are distinguishable by elevation: the Central Highlands, the plains, the coastal belt; the south-central part of Sri Lanka—the rugged Central Highlands—is the heart of the country.

The core of this area is a high plateau, running north–south for 65 kilometers. This area includes Sri Lanka's highest mountains. At the plateau's southern end, mountain ranges stretch 50 kilometers to the west toward Adam's Peak and 50 kilometers to the east toward Namunakula. Flanking the high central ridges are two lower plateaus. On the west is the Hatton Plateau, a dissected series of ridges sloping downward toward the north. On the east, the Uva Basin consists of rolling hills covered with grasses, traversed by some deep valleys and gorges. To the north, separated from the main body of mountains and plateaus by broad valleys, lies the Knuckles Massif: steep escarpments, deep gorges, peaks rising to more than 1,800 meters. South of Adam's Peak lie the parallel ridges of the Rakwana Hills, with several peaks over 1,400 meters; the land descends from the Central Highlands to a series of escarpments and ledges at 400 to 500 meters above sea level before sloping down toward the coastal plains.

Most of the island's surface consists of 200 meters above sea level. In the southwest and valleys rise to merge with the Central Highlands, giving a dissected appearance to the plain. Extensive erosion in this area has worn down the ridges and deposited rich soil for agriculture downstream. In the southeast, a red, lateritic soil covers level ground, studded with bare, monolithic hills; the transition from the plain to the Central Highlands is abrupt in the southeast, the mountains appear to rise up like a wall. In the east and the north, the plain is flat, dissected by long, narrow ridges of granite running from the Central Highlands. A coastal belt about thirty meters above sea level surrounds the island. Much of the coast consists of scenic sandy beaches indented by coastal lagoons. In the Jaffna Peninsula, limestone beds are exposed to the waves as low-lying cliffs in a few places. In the northeast and the southwest, where the coast cuts across the stratification of the crystalline rocks, rocky cliffs and offshore islands can be found.

Yo, Minoría Absoluta

Yo, minoría absoluta is the eighth studio album by Spanish hard rock band Extremoduro. It was produced by Iñaki "Uoho" Antón and published by DRO on 5 March 2002. Lyrics by Roberto Iniesta, music by Roberto Iniesta and Iñaki Antón. ExtremoduroRoberto "Robe" IniestaVocals and guitar Iñaki "Uoho" Antón – Guitar Miguel Colino – Bass José Ignacio Cantera – DrumsAdditional musiciansFito Cabrales – Backing vocals Sara – Backing vocals Gino Pavone –Percussion instrument Batiz – Slide guitar Javi Isasi – Trumpet Lourdes Aldekoa – Backing vocals on "Hoy te la meto..." Extremoduro official website

The Return of Doctor Mabuse

The Return of Doctor Mabuse is a 1961 black-and-white crime film/thriller made in West Berlin. It was a West German/French/Italian international co-production directed by Harald Reinl, the second of the 1960s CCC Films Dr. Mabuse film series, being the sequel to Fritz Lang's The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse, it starred Daliah Lavi and in his first German film, Lex Barker. The film was co-written by Ladislas Fodor and in his first screenplay, Marc Behm who gives the film a science fictional plot that would be followed in the other films in the series, it was shot on location around Berlin. The film's sets were designed by the art directors Otto Hans Jürgen Kiebach; the German title Im Stahlnetz des Dr. Mabuse was a reference to the popular German police procedural television show of the time, Stahlnetz. In 1966 the 1960s Dr. Mabuse films were released in the United States to tie in with Gert Fröbe's fame in the role of Auric Goldfinger with this film being renamed The Phantom Fiend. Inspector Lohmann's eagerly awaited fishing holiday is put on hold when he is called to investigate the murder of a man found in a railway tunnel.

He was an Interpol courier carrying proof of the Chicago Syndicate's planned cooperation with a European criminal organisation, in an attache case chained to, but now missing from his body. The Inspector gets word from Washington D. C. that a female representative of the Syndicate, Mrs. Pizarro is in Europe to meet up with the European criminals, that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is sending Special Agent Joe Como to liaise with the German authorities. Lohmann visits a prison to have a meeting with one of the prisoners, Alberto Sandro, a member of the European criminal organisation in an unsuccessful bid to learn more about the upcoming events. Mrs. Pizarro is murdered by a flame thrower with Inspector Lohmann dodging questions from female reporter Maria Sabrehm who happens to be near the location of the murder, as is Joe Como; the only witness is a blind man who recalls the distinctive sound of a man with a wooden leg before he felt the heat of the flamethrower. Lohmann discovers a book on the charred body of Mrs. Pizarro called The Devil's Anatomy written by Reverend Briefenstein of St. Thomas Church.

Lohmann looks through the book whose thesis is that though the Devil is a spirit, he can manifest himself into doing evil by taking the form of a werewolf, vampire or Dr. Mabuse. Lohmann, followed by Como and Maria meets the Pastor in his church to ask about Dr. Mabuse who everyone believes is dead; the Pastor says. The voice of Dr. Mabuse comes over the speaker system of the church warning Lohmann to stop his investigation; as Lohmann wanders through the church, Joe Como engages in a conversation with Mabuse saying he is Nick Scappio, the representative of the Chicago Syndicate, there to negotiate a shipment of a new drug into the United States. However, before the Chicago Syndicate will cooperate they demand to see proof of the power of the drug. Following his only lead, Lohmann goes to obtain further information from the blind witness, run over and killed. Como and Lohmann pursue the murderer that turns out to be Alberto Sandro who has escaped from the prison. Recapturing him, the prison authorities, who maintain an industrial laundry allowing trusted prisoners to deliver and pick up cleaning in the community, deny Sandro has left the prison.

The warden insists. They discover that the person in Sandro's cell is a dead man with a wooden leg who the blind man had identified. Dr. Mabuse's drug, invented by Maria's scientist father, a prisoner in the same prison as Sandro, is a mind control device capable of turning a person into a zombie whose actions can be controlled by radio transmissions. Mabuse not only has an army of criminals who can come and go from the prison but can be commanded to do criminal acts that they will have no recollection of on. In the meantime Lohmann's assistant gets the fingerprints of Como and transmits them to FBI headquarters who declare that the fingerprints of the man calling himself Como is not the real Agent Como. Como/Scappio is sent to the prison, he discover's Dr. Mabuse's display of the power of his drug to the Chicago Syndicate will come on Friday the 13th; the Return of Dr. Mabuse was distributed in West Germany by Constantin Film 13 October 1961, it was released in Italy as F. B. I. contro Dr. Mabuse on 3 May 1962 and France on 10 June 1962 as Le retour du Docteur Mabuse.

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Piątkowo transmitter

The Piątkowo transmitter is a facility for directional radio and broadcasting of local FM and TV programmes at Piątkowo, a northern residential district of the Polish city of Poznań. The Piątkowo transmitter, situated at 52°27′35″N 16°54′27″E and property of the Polish company Emitel, consists of two towers of different height and construction type; the smaller tower is a 76 metre tall free-standing concrete tower, built in 1963. Unlike most concrete telecommunication towers, it has no antenna mast on its top; the higher tower of Piątkowo transmitter is a 128 metre tall free-standing lattice tower, built in 1993. This tower is the second tallest structure in Poznań and belongs to the tallest free-standing radio towers in Poland. List of towers Picture

El hombre de los hongos

El hombre de los hongos is a 1976 Mexican drama film based on the novel of the same name by Sergio Galindo. The story unfolds in a family of rich landowners from the colonial era, which owns a sugar plantation on the edge of the jungle. While hunting in the forest one day, the father, Don Everardo, discovers a young black orphan by the river, he call him Gaspar. Friendly and intelligent, the boy becomes a new member of the family, he plays with his son and his two daughters and Lucilla, as if they were his own siblings. The family have lavish receptions, with fine dining. One of Don Everardo's favorite mushroom dishes is prepared with an old family recipe from Spain; the family discovers. If the servant collapses and dies the family does not serve mushrooms to the party; the family has another flirtation with danger: They keep a black panther called Toy chained in the main courtyard. From time to time it chases people; some years pass, Gaspar grows into a handsome young man, Lucila and Emma become beautiful women.

They go into the woods swimming in the river. But the play of children has become flirtations among young Gaspar and Emma. Along the way, Gaspar reveals his knowledge of different species of mushrooms that grow in the forest. There is an incestuous relationship between Sebastian and Lucila, who want to leave the hacienda and go to the capital city where they can meet people of their own age; the family unit falls apart when Elvira compete for the attentions of Gaspar. Elvira's flirtations with Gaspar provoke the jealousy of her daughter Emma. One night someone mysteriously releases the panther and it attacks Elvira after her failed attempt to seduce Gaspar; when Lucila takes the place of her mother, she informs Don Everardo about the affair of his daughter Emma with the black servant Gaspar. He decides to make him his new "man of the mushrooms", but no one has the knowledge of Gaspar on mushrooms, a lavish party at the farm will become a circus when Emma and Gaspar take advantage of the mushrooms to get rid of the rest of their own family and escape together.

But once in the forest, Gaspar disappears... Adolfo Marsillach... Don Everardo Isela Vega... Elvira Philip Michael Thomas... Gaspar Sandra Mozarowsky... Emma Ofelia Medina... Lucila Fernando Allende... Sebastian Josefina Echánove... The Nanny El hombre de los hongos on IMDb Cine Mexicano de Galletas: El hombre de los hongos El Mirón:Reseñas y críticas de películas en Español- El hombre de los hongos Isela Vega y Ofelia Medina hablan sobre El hombre de los hongos

Plasmodium gaboni

Plasmodium gaboni is a parasite of the genus Plasmodium subgenus Laverania. P. gaboni was given its name in reference to Gabon, where the parasite was discovered in two wild-borne chimpanzees kept as pets in villages in that country. Plasmodium gaboni is phylogenetically close to Plasmodium billbrayi. In 2009, Ollomo et al. published the complete mitochondrial genome of Plasmodium gaboni, not yet named at the time. The parasite belongs to the P falciparum/P reichenowi lineage, it has been proposed that Plasmodium gaboni diverged from the P falciparum/P reichenowi lineage about 21 million years ago, leading to the conclusion that the ancestor of this parasite clade could have been present in hominid ancestors. Plasmodium gaboni is 10-fold more diverse than human parasite Plasmodium falciparum, indicating a recent origin of the latter. Plasmodium gaboni is similar to both Plasmodium falciparum and to Plasmodium reichenowi in microscopic studies, seeming that all of these ape Laverania parasites represent morphologically indistinguishable species.

Plasmodium gaboni can be found in western Africa. Study has confirmed the presence of Plasmodium gaboni in wild chimpanzees. Due to the close proximity between Plasmodium gaboni and the most virulent agent of malaria, Plasmodium falciparum, it has been considered the possibility of transfer risk of this species to humans. List of Plasmodium species infecting primates