Hautes-Alpes is a department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of Southeastern France. Located in and named after the French Alps, it had a population of 141,107 in 2016, its prefecture is Gap. Hautes-Alpes is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on 4 March 1790, it consists of the southeast of the north of Provence. At the time when the department was created, the two mountain communes of La Grave and Villar-d'Arêne campaigned to be included in Hautes-Alpes and not in the neighbouring department of Isère to which they had been assigned; this was because they hoped to benefit from the relative autonomy and certain fiscal privileges enjoyed by the region since the fourteenth century under the terms of the Statute of the Briançon Escartons. Napoleon passed through Gap when he returned to reclaim France after his exile on Elba using what is now known as Route Napoléon. After Napoleon's defeat at the Battle of Waterloo, the department was occupied by Austrian and Piedmontese troops from 1815 to 1818.

During World War II, Italy occupied Hautes-Alpes from November 1942 to September 1943. The department is surrounded by the following French departments: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Drôme, Isère, Savoie. Italy borders it on the east with the Metropolitan City of Turin and the province of Cuneo, region of Piedmont. Hautes-Alpes is located in the Alps mountain range; the average elevation is over 1000 m, the highest elevation is over 4000 m. The only three sizable towns are Gap, Briançon, Embrun, the subprefecture until 1926; the third highest commune in all of Europe is the village of Saint-Véran. Gap and Briançon are subprefecture in France; the following rivers flow through the department: Durance, Guisane, Buëch, Drac and Clarée. The Durance has been dammed to create one of the largest artificial lakes in Western Europe: the Lac de Serre-Ponçon; the Queyras valley is located in the eastern part of the department and is noted by many as being an area of outstanding beauty. The inhabitants of the department are called Haut-Alpines in French.

The mountainous terrain explains the sparse population, about 120,000. It changed little during the 19th century, but fell to about 85,000 after World War I. Thanks in large part to tourism, the population has risen from 87,436 in 1962 to 121,419 in 1999, principally in the town of Gap. Population development since 1791: The President of the Departmental Council of Hautes-Alpes has been Jean-Marie Bertrand of the The Republicans since the 2015 departmental elections. Hautes-Alpes elected the following members of the National Assembly during the 2017 legislative election: The tourist industry is dependent on skiing in winter. In summer the Alpine scenery and many outdoor activities attract visitors from across Europe; the Tour de France passes through the department regularly. This draws many cycling fanatics to watch the race. Cantons of the Hautes-Alpes department Communes of the Hautes-Alpes department Arrondissements of the Hautes-Alpes department Hautes-Alpes at Curlie Official Website Prefecture website General Council webstite A village in the French Alps built by Vauban

Deucalion (novel)

Deucalion is a 1995 young adult science fiction novel by Brian Caswell. It follows the story of many settlers who have travelled across space to build a new future on the planet Deucalion; however the future is uncertain for the Elokoi or Icarus people who were settled on the planet first. Deucalion was first published in Australia on 1 September 1995 by the University of Queensland Press in trade paperback format. In 1996 it was published as an audiobook by Louis Braille Books and in 2002 it was released in the United Kingdom by Flyways, it has been distributed to North America by International Specialized Book Services. Deucalion joint won along with Garth Nix's Sabriel the 1995 Aurealis Award for best young-adult novel and was a short-list nominee for the 1996 Children's Book Council of Australia: Book of the Year, Older Readers award; the novel opens in the late 23rd century AD, by which time, humanity has explored light years out into space. However, only one habitable planet has been named Deucalion.

Deucalion is 34 light-years away with one large continent and an inland sea. Deucalion has a native sentient population, named the Elokoi, similar to H. G Wells' Eloi from The Time Machine; the Elokoi are at a level of civilisation similar to the Stone Age. Both Human and Elokoi settlements are only on the east coast of the continent, human settlers have forced the Elokoi to live on reservations; the human capital is called New Geneva. Though having developed interstellar travel, spaceships can still only travel at the speed of light, no faster, so it takes thirty-four years for the fastest of ships to reach Deucalion. Passengers on board ships have to be cryogenically preserved


Dhrabavad spelled as Dhabavad, is a village / panchayat located in the Gir Gadhada Taluka of Gir Somnath district in Gujarat State, India. Earlier, until August 2013, Dhrabavad was part of Junagadh district; the latitude 20.862503 and longitude 70.904944 are the geo-coordinate of the Village Dhrabavad. Gandhinagar is the state capital of Dhrabavad village, located around 400 kilometres away from Dhrabavad. According to Census 2011, with the 99 families, the population of this village is 482. Out of this, 248 are 234 are females. Most residents are dependent on agriculture. According to the 2011 census of India, Dhrabavad has 99 households; the effective literacy rate is 75.97% Below is the Revenue records list of forty-three villages of Gir Gadhada Taluka including Gir Gadhada village