2015年12月18日 星期五

quarry, quarrying, low-lying, terms and tides

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Biologists from BrightSource Energy scan vegetation for desert tortoises in the Mojave Desert. Many of the areas planned for solar development in California are in fragile landscapes.
Isaac Brekken for The New York Times

Solar Energy Faces Tests On Greenness

Five solar thermal projects in California are being challenged in court by an assortment of groups. Above, Biologists scan for tortoises in the Mojave Desert.

Microsoft told Yahoo it was no longer interested in a pursuing a takeover, even at the $33 per share price it offered for the Internet company last month. Shares of Yahoo plunged on the news, dropping 11%, or $2.88, to $23.27 on the Nasdaq Stock Market.
The decision likely spells the end of Microsoft's five-month pursuit of Yahoo, a deal it characterized at the time as essential to its strategy of countering rival Google. In retrospect,
Desert’s Sand and Rocks Become Precious Resources in West Bank Dispute By ETHAN BRONNER
Palestinians, in a new legal challenge, object to Israel’s quarrying in the West Bank and profiting from it.


Microsoft's unsolicited approach appears to have badly backfired. Instead of winning Yahoo's huge audience and online search capabilities Microsoft has driven its quarry into the arms of its arch enemy -- Google.

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quarrying, open, or surface, excavation of rock used for various purposes, including construction, ornamentation, road building, and as an industrial raw material.

quarry (HOLE)
noun [C]
a large artificial hole in the ground where stone, sand, etc. is dug out of the ground for use as building material:
a granite/limestone/marble/slate quarry

quarry
verb [T]
to dig stone, etc. from a quarry
quarry (HUNTED)
noun [S]
a person or animal being hunted or looked for:
The dogs pursued their quarry into an empty warehouse.

low-lying

(''ĭng)
adj.

  1. Lying close to water or ground level: low-lying coastal areas.
  2. Situated below the normal height or altitude: low-lying deserts of central Arizona.

term:




    1. A point in time at which something ends; termination: an apprenticeship nearing its term.
    2. The end of a normal gestation period: carried the fetus to term.
    3. A deadline, as for making a payment.

  • tide:
    A time or season. Often used in combination: eventide; Christmastide; Shrovetide.

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