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Gulf of Khambhat

The Gulf of Khambhat known as the Gulf of Cambay, is a bay on the Arabian Sea coast of India, bordering the state of Gujarat. The Gulf of Khambhat is about 200 km long, about 20 km wide in the north and up to 70 km wide in the south. Major rivers draining Gujarat are the Narmada, Tapti and Sabarmati that form estuaries in the gulf, it divides the Kathiawar Peninsula from the south-eastern part of Gujarat. There are plans to construct Kalpasar Project, across the gulf. To the west of the Gulf, Asiatic lions inhabit the Gir Forest National Park and its surroundings, the region of Kathiawar or Saurashtra. To the east of the Gulf, the Dangs' Forest and Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, where Gujarat meets Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, used to host Bengal tigers. City of Khambhat Dumas Beach Marine archaeology in the Gulf of Cambay Marine National Park, Gulf of Kutch

Cathedral Gorge State Park

Cathedral Gorge State Park is a public recreation area and geologic preserve featuring a dramatic landscape of eroded soft bentonite clay covering more than 1,600 acres in Lincoln County, Nevada. The state park is located along U. S. Route 93 at the west end of State Route 319, two miles northwest of the town of Panaca; the site has been popular with local picnickers since the nineteenth century, when it was known as Cathedral Gulch. During the 1920s, its dramatic landscape provided a background for open-air plays and annual Easter ceremonies. Governor James Scrugham began acquiring and setting aside the area for preservation in 1924, it subsequently became one of the four original Nevada state parks created in 1935. Members of the Civilian Conservation Corps built picnicking facilities that are still in use as well as a stone water tower and stone restroom which are no longer in operation; the park sits at an elevation of 4,800 feet above sea level, is arid with semi-hot summers, cold winters.

In the summer, temperatures range from 95 °F in midday to 55 °F at night. Rainfall is thunderstorms prevalent. A majority of Meadow Valley was covered by a freshwater lake nearly 1 million years ago during the Pliocene Era; the richly colored canyons of Cathedral Gorge are remnants of this ancient lakebed. Over centuries, the lake began to drain. Erosion began working away at the exposed portions of sediment and gravel that once composed the lake bottom. Rainwater and melting snow carved rivulets in the soft siltstone and clay shale, splitting tiny cracks and fissures into larger and larger gullies and canyons. In areas below the eroded escarpment it is difficult for plant life to take root in the eroding clay. However, away from the clay, the park's diverse soil types allow various plant associations to grow. Fragile sand dunes are held firm thanks to a wide array of wildflowers and grasses, such as dune primroses and Indian ricegrass. Within the valley center, clay and gravel have melded to form a rich, granulated soil that encourages the growth of the following species: narrowleaf yucca, juniper trees, barberry sagebrush, white sage, four-winged saltbush.

Rabbitbrush finds sanctuary such as roadsides and walkways. Few species of cactus can tolerate the climate in Cathedral Gorge, where temperatures in winter can fall below freezing, rise above 100 °F in summer. Other trees, not native to the park, have been planted around the campground to provide shade. Small mammals form a majority of the park's animal population: black-tailed jackrabbits, cottontail rabbits, gophers, kangaroo rats, kit foxes and skunks. Deer can be observed infrequently near Miller Point during winter. Birds are seen around camp areas and near dense patches of shrubs; the natives include blackbirds, black-throated sparrows, American kestrels, small hawks, roadrunners, American robins and introduced European starlings. Migratory birds include bluebirds, cedar waxwings and warblers. Various species of non-poisonous snakes and lizards are abundant. In the summer, the Great Basin rattlesnake may be spotted. Known locally as "caves," the park's narrow slot canyons were cut from the mud that lay at the bottom of the lake millions of years ago.

Explorers can crawl through tunnels to discover hidden chambers in the network of canyons which offer some coolness in the summer heat. Park facilities include a 22-site campground, ADA-accessible sites, group use area and showers. A regional visitor center at the park entrance has interpretive displays and information about other parks in the area. Cathedral Gorge State Park Nevada State Parks Cathedral Gorge State Park Trail Map Nevada State Parks

Steve Brimacombe

Steve Brimacombe is an Australian athletics coach and former runner. Under the tutelage of renowned Scottish coach Jim Bradley, Brimacombe won the 1991 Stawell Gift after only 8 months of training. At the time he was the second youngest winner in Stawell Gift history. In December 1991, Brimacombe won the prestigious Bay Sheffield off 3.75m. On 28 December 1992, Brimacombe set a Colley Reserve track record of 12.28secs off scratch in his semi-final of the prestigious Bay Sheffield. In 1994, Brimacombe caused a huge upset when he won the Australian 200m title beating Dean Capobianco and Damien Marsh who had both run in the 200m world championship final in 1993. A fortnight after winning the Australian 200m title, Brimacombe finished 2nd in the 1994 Stawell Gift off scratch, recording 12.18secs - this equalled the Stawell track record by an Australian for 120m. In July 1994, Brimacombe was a finalist in the Commonwealth Games 200m. Brimacombe moved to Queensland in October 1994 and competed over 200 metres in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta where he finished 9th overall, just missing the final.

He was an integral member of Australia's 4 × 100 m relay team from 1995 to 1999, winning a silver medal at the 1995 World Championships in Athletics in Gothenburg and a bronze medal at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur. Brimacombe was a three times national 200m champion and won the 100m title in 1997, his personal best for the 100m was 10.28 secs. He returned to Victoria in 2001 and continued to compete until he retired in 2004. Brimacombe became only the fourth Stawell Gift winner in history to have coached a winner, when his charge Adrian Mott stormed home in 2006, he was an inaugural inductee into the Bay Sheffield Hall of Fame. Steve's mother Dianne has competed in Victorian Athletics in longer distance events and has been competitive in her age group with Coburg Harriers