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Hoggar Mountains

The Hoggar Mountains are a highland region in the central Sahara, southern Algeria, along the Tropic of Cancer. The mountains cover an area of 550,000 square km; this mountainous region is located about 1,500 km south of Algiers. The area is rocky desert with an average elevation of more than 900 m above sea level; the highest peak, Mount Tahat, is at 2,908 m. The mountains are composed of metamorphic rock 2 billion years old, although there are areas where more recent volcanic activity has laid down much newer rock. Several of the more dramatic peaks, such as Ilamen, are the result of erosion wearing away extinct volcano domes, leaving behind the more resistant material that plugged the volcanic cores. Assekrem is a famous and visited point where Charles de Foucauld built a hermitage in 1911; the main city near the Hoggar Mountains is Tamanrasset, built in wadi. The Hoggar Mountain range experiences hot summers, with a cold winter climate. Temperatures fall below freezing in the winter. Rainfall is sporadic year-round.

However, since the climate is less extreme than in most other areas of the Sahara, the Hoggar Mountains are a major location for biodiversity, including number of relict species. The Hoggar Mountains are part of the West Saharan montane xeric woodlands ecoregion, it is one of the national parks of the country. To the west of the Hoggar range, a population of the endangered African wild dog remained viable into the 20th century, but is now thought to be extirpated within this entire region. Analysis of collected scat in 2006 showed the presence of the Northwest African cheetah in the region. Relict populations of the West African crocodile persisted in the Hoggar Mountains until the early 20th century; the park contains a population of herbivores such as the saharan subspecies of the barbary sheep and the Dorcas gazelle. Vegetation in this area includes trees such as Vachellia tortilis, Vachellia seyal and Tamarix aphylla which are scattered throughout the area. Other plants may include Calotropis procera.

Prehistoric settlement is evident from extant rock paintings dating to 6000 BC. The Hoggar Massif is the land of the Kel Ahaggar Tuareg; the tomb of Tin Hinan, the woman believed to be the matriarch of the Tuareg, is located at Abalessa, an oasis near Tamanrasset. According to legend, the Tim Lam are from the Tafilalt region in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains. France and weapons of mass destruction; the Tuareg: People of Ahaggar. London: Allen Lane, Penguin Books. ISBN 0-7139-0636-7. A website about the park Park data on UNEP-WPMC Ahaggar National Park - The Biodiverse Home of the Saharan Cheetah

The Red Crystal: The Seven Secrets of Life

The Red Crystal: The Seven Secrets of Life is a 1994 role-playing video game developed and published by Quantum Quality Productions. Computer Gaming World in March 1994 described The Red Crystal as "Gauntlet gone amuck". A longer review in April 1994 criticized the game's many "pointless" random encounters, necessity to reroll for "demi-godlike" attributes and use "cowardly hit-and-run" combat tactics to survive, poor documentation, abruptly unwinnable moments, other flaws; the magazine concluded "we can't believe that it says QQP on this game's box". Reviewing the game for PC Gamer US, Neil Randall wrote, "Despite some clumsy interface elements, Red Crystal is worthwhile. It's fast and refuses to take itself too seriously." PC Zone offered a negative review, concluding, "Don't ask your friends to play this if you want to keep them." Jörg Langer of Germany's PC Player summarized The Red Crystal as "a bad game" and a "tragedy". He criticized its sound and found it "disappointing" from a technical angle, calling the collision detection and mouse control "amateurly programmed".

Langer argued, "After no more than five minutes, an immense boredom sets in."In 1996, Computer Gaming World named The Red Crystal the 22nd worst game made. The editors called it "deadly proof that QQP should have stuck to strategy/wargames." MobyGames

Coalition for the Homeless

Coalition for the Homeless is the oldest not-for-profit advocacy group focused on homelessness in the United States. The coalition has engaged in landmark litigation to protect the rights of homeless people, including the right to shelter and the right to vote, advocates for long-term solutions to the problem of homelessness. Formed in 1981, the Coalition provided much of the organization and experience, used to found the National Coalition for the Homeless in 1984; the Coalition has offices in Albany, New York. The Coalition provides food, eviction prevention, crisis services, permanent housing, job training and special programs for youth to more than 3,500 homeless men and children daily in New York. In 1979, in the case Callahan v. Carey, Robert Hayes and founder of the Coalition, achieved a landmark precedent in New York City, establishing that all homeless individuals have the right to emergency shelter. Since the lawsuit was settled as a consent decree in 1981, the City and State of New York have been obligated to provide emergency shelter for individuals who are homeless by reason of poverty or due to mental, physical, or social dysfunction.

New York is the only city in the United States to have this legal protection for the homeless. In Pitts v. Black, a 1984 lawsuit, the Coalition argued that homeless people in New York should be permitted to register to vote if they reside in shelters or on the streets; the Coalition for the Homeless has a number of programs that assist more than 3,500 homeless and at-risk New Yorkers each day. These programs include: permanent housing for families and people with AIDS. Homelessness Homelessness in the United States Poverty in the United States National Coalition for the Homeless Official website