Category Archives: Geography

Volcano Glossary

Volcano Glossary

No. of terms: approximately 400

Description: The Volcano Glossary by the expert and adventurer John Seach is a great place to look up terms related to volcanoes. John Seach traveled over the past 20 years to the world’s most exciting volcanoes, and witnessed eruptions during trips to more than 100 volcanoes.

The glossary is part of Seach’s website “Volcano Live”, “which monitors worldwide volcanic activity, and provides adventure tours to the world’s most exciting volcanoes. Volcano Live is the world’s only company working exclusively in volcano film and television production.”

Example term: Pyroclastic Flows/Ash Flow
Pyroclastic Flows and Nuée ardentes are the most dangerous of all the volcanic eruption styles. Pyroclastic flows are clouds of hot gas, ash, and clasts which move down hill under the action of gravity. They can move at speeds of 100 km per hour and destroy everything in their path. Mt Pelee produced a pyroclastic flow in 1902 which killed 29 000 people. Pyroclastic flows can be caused by column collapse, lava dome collapse, or boiling over of a vent like a pot of rice. Pyroclastic flows are driven by gravity and are channeled into valleys.

Distances travelled. Up to 100 km.
Speed of flows. 900 km/hr.
Temperature. 600-1100 deg C.

Pyroclastic flows are different to a Nuée ardente.

Keywords: volcano, volcanoes, eruption, volcano terms, terminology, glossary, dictionary, geography

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ISO Country Names & Abbreviations

ISO Country Names & Abbreviations

Language: English

No. of terms: 246

Description: We are using them when mailing letter to family abroad and many them are easy for us to encode. But whenever the Olympic Games are on, we see that we do not know what e.g. BD stands for, and this is still an easy one on this list of 246 official short names.

So maybe you knew that BD stands for BANGLADESH. But what about EH? Google for “EH”… well no sign of a country name anywhere. Wikipedia answers first with: It is also commonly used as a method for inciting an answer, as in “welcome to Canada, it’s nice here, eh?

Well it EH stands for WESTERN SAHARA!

Many times you will find Country abbreviations in one of the many  abbreviations  lookups  on the Net. Many of them are also user driven,  and sometimes I am not too sure if to completely rely on them. So if you want to lookup country names and their ISO abbreviation use this constantly updated and only authoritative source.

More Abbreviation & Acronyms Dictionaries on DictionaryNet

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Keywords: Abbreviations, Country Names, ISO, ISO Country Names, International Organization for Standardization

Quote as: English country names and code elements © 2008 ISO (International Organization for Standardization) All rights reserved.

CIA – The World Factbook

fact2I just asked myself which dictionary or other online resource should open up my blog? Without looking into my files I went for the CIA – The World Factbook. I remember when years back I was completely surprised that the CIA, this embodiment of secrets, serves one of the most publicly used reference work. As the material is in the public domain you will find implementation of the material all over the Web. My advice, always turn to the source, look up directly at the CIA site! It is costantly updated!

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