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Old 03-09-2011, 09:33 PM   #184
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The Rocky Mountains (or Rockies) are a major mountain range in western North America. The Rocky Mountains stretch more than 3,000 miles (4,830 km) from the northernmost part of British Columbia, in western Canada, to New Mexico, in the southwestern United States. The range's highest peak is Mount Elbert located in Colorado at 14,440 feet (4,401 m) above sea level.

Moraine lake.

The Rockies were formed from 80 to 55 million years ago by the Laramide orogeny. Since then, erosion by water and glaciers have sculpted the mountain range into dramatic valleys and peaks. At the end of the last ice age, humans started to inhabit the mountain range. After Europeans, such as Sir Alexander MacKenzie and the Lewis and Clark expedition, started to explore the range, minerals and furs drove the initial economic exploitation of the mountains, although the range never became densely populated.

Topographic map of the Bighorn Basin (highlighted in orange), formed by the Laramide Orogeny
The still-earlier Nevadan orogeny of the late Jurassic — early Cretaceous.

The chronostratigraphic term "Jurassic" is directly linked to the Swiss Jura Mountains. Alexander von Humboldt (*1769, † 1859) recognized the mainly limestone dominated mountain range of the Swiss Jura Mountains as a separate formation that was not at the time included in the established stratigraphic system defined by Abraham Gottlob Werner (* 1749, † 1817) and named it “Jurakalk” in 1795. The name “Jura” is derived from the celtic root “jor” which was Latinised into “juria”, meaning forest (i.e. “Jura” is forest mountains)


Gigandipus, a dinosaur footprint in the Lower Jurassic Moenave Formation at the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm, southwestern Utah.

The Late Jurassic life of Tendeguru is very similar to that found in western North America's Morrison Formation

The distinctive banding of the Morrison Formation, a group of rock layers that occur throughout Dinosaur National Monument and the source of fossils like those found at the Dinosaur Quarry

In Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah, the Morrison Formation was a major source of uranium ore.

Rhinophrynus dorsalis

The English who settled colonial Virginia in the early 17th century recorded that the native Powhatan name for the Blue Ridge was Quirank. At the foot of the Blue Ridge, various tribes including the Sioux Manahoacs, the Iroquois, and the Shawnee hunted and fished

The Blue Ridge Mountains began forming during the Silurian Period over 400 million years ago. Approx. 320 mya, North America and Europe collided, pushing the Blue Ridges up higher.

Lofty Ledge

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Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction thriller film[3] directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the novel of the same name by Michael Crichton. The film centers on the fictional Isla Nublar (Incorrect Spanish meant for "Cloudy Island", it would be "Isla Nublada" properly), in Costa Rica, where billionaire philanthropist John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) and a team of genetic scientists from his company have created an amusement park of cloned dinosaurs.

a futuristic theme park populated with dinosaurs cloned from DNA taken from fossilized mosquitoes preserved in amber.

Jurassic Park is regarded as a landmark in the use of computer-generated imagery, and received positive reviews from critics, who praised the effects, though reactions to other elements of the picture, such as character development, were mixed. During its release, the film grossed more than $914 million worldwide, becoming the most successful film released up to that time (surpassing E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and surpassed 4 years later by Titanic), and it is currently the 15th highest grossing feature film (taking inflation into account, it is the 18th-highest-grossing film in North America). It is the most financially successful film for NBC Universal and Steven Spielberg.

Jurassic Park Raptor Music Video

Cloning Dinosaurs: The Difficulties of Finding Complete DNA and a Surrogate Species

DNA is found in all the cells of all living organisms, and it is theoretically possible to find dinosaur DNA preserved in the fossilized bones of dinosaurs.

What is a 'Frozen Zoo'

A frozen zoo is a storage facility in which genetic materials taken from animals (e.g. DNA, sperm, eggs, and embryos) are gathered and thereafter stored at very low temperatures for optimal preservation over a long period of time (see cryopreservation). Some facilities also collect and cryopreserve plant material (usually seeds).

The 'frozen zoo' can be defined as a collection of animal genes in the form of frozen semen and embryos. In practical terms this is a collection of sperm-holding straws stored in liquid nitrogen tanks.

The Uses of the 'Frozen Zoo'

The genes from wild-caught endangered animals are very valuable as they will be needed to increase the founder population of breeding groups. Domestic cattle are constantly being improved genetically by means of artificial breeding. The advantage of speeding up the genetic progress in a breeding programme can similarly be used for exotic species. The frozen zoo could then provide the valuable material to produce genetically superior stock to that which natural breeding in one herd or colony could have produced. Furthermore, the production of genetically healthier animals will automatically reduce the inbreeding problems caused by loss of heterozygosity.

Great Blue Hole



"Let's swim to the moon, let's climb through the tide, penetrate the evening that the city sleeps to hide."

:Big Rock Falls


The area is sparsely populated with the highest concentration (a few hundred people) located at D'Silva forest station, the administrative headquarters of the Western Division of the Forestry Department. A Mennonite community has existed at Barton Creek since around 1958, when Mennonites first arrived in Belize. A former logging settlement at San Luis is now abandoned.

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