1/22/2005:

Intermediate Word:  uxorious -  (a) grandiloquent  (b) hypersensitive  (c) haughty  (d) subservient to wife
Difficult Word: - croze  (a) rump  (b) annular groove accepting barrel head  (c) grainy solid crystallizing out of liquid  (d) padding in a horse collar 
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Tsunami Satellite Image Analysis Reveals Dramatic Water Quality Changes  Left:  IKONOS image of Porto Novo, India. Water quality results generated by Applied Analysis. Tsunami Water Quality Impact Asessment: Suspended Mineral Concentration. Colour scale: blue areas = low level of suspended minerals / orange- red areas = high level of suspended minerals.  Specialized analysis of recent satellite imagery of a tsunami-ravaged section of Porto Nova, India, near Sri Lanka, has revealed a devastating impact to local water quality. According to Applied Analysis of Billerica, Massachusetts, contaminated sediment has impacted a large number of inland water bodies in the area and is evident more than two kilometers offshore in the Indian Ocean. Additionally, the company processed images for suspended mineral and chlorophyll content, important indicators of fresh water quality. The same process can be used to determine the overall impact on aquaculture zones and offshore.  
Sardines May Prevent Toxic Gas Eruptions Off California And African Coasts  In an article published in the November issue of Ecology Letters, authors Andrew Bakun and Scarla Weeks compare several areas around the world where strong offshore winds cause an upwelling of nutrients in the ocean and thus a population explosion of phytoplankton, the microscopic plant life that drifts through the ocean. Studying the waters off the coast of Namibia, the scientists found the resulting overproduction of phytoplankton died and sank to the bottom, and the decaying organic matter released copious amounts of methane and poisonous "rotten egg" smelling hydrogen sulfide gas.     

The Sun

Dimming Sun Why the scientists fear we are seeing less and less of our Sun  - BBC  We are all seeing rather less of the Sun, according to scientists who have been looking at five decades of sunlight measurements. Paradoxically, the decline in sunlight may mean that global warming is a far greater threat to society than previously thought. "There was a staggering 22% drop in the sunlight, and that really amazed me." Intrigued, he searched records from all around the world, and found the same story almost everywhere he looked. There are suggestions that dimming was behind the droughts in sub-Saharan Africa which claimed hundreds of thousands of livesin the 1970s and 80s.




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