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Mendocino, Cape

(Encyclopedia) Mendocino, Cape mĕndəsē´nō, westernmost point of California, c.200 mi (320 km) N of San Francisco in Humboldt co. It was discovered and named in 1543 in honor of Antonio de Mendoza by…

Vizcaíno, Sebastián

(Encyclopedia) Vizcaíno, Sebastián sāvästyän´ vēthkäē´nō, c.1550–c.1628, Spanish explorer and merchant. After an unsuccessful attempt to plant a colony in Lower California (1596), he sailed (1602) to…

Pomo

(Encyclopedia) Pomo, Native Americans of N California, belonging to the Hokan branch of the Hokan-Siouan linguistic stock (see Native American languages). The Pomo were the most southerly Native…

National Marine Sanctuary Program

(Encyclopedia) National Marine Sanctuary Program, federally owned marine and Great Lakes reserves, administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The program consists of…

thresher shark

(Encyclopedia) thresher shark, long-tailed, warm-water shark, genus Alopias. The upper fork of its tail is slender and sickle-shaped and is about equal in length to the rest of the body. This shark…

surfing

(Encyclopedia) surfing, sport of gliding on a breaking wave. Surfers originally used long, cumbersome wooden boards but now ride lightweight synthetic boards that allow a greater degree of…

Jeffers, Robinson

(Encyclopedia) Jeffers, Robinson, 1887–1962, American poet and dramatist, b. Pittsburgh, grad. Occidental College, 1905. From 1914 until his death Jeffers lived on the Big Sur section of the rocky…

John Denver

Name at birth: Henry John Deutschendorf Jr.John Denver was popular in the 1970s as the writer and singer of upbeat folk/pop tunes like "Rocky Mountain High," "Take Me Home, Country Roads" and "Thank…

San Francisco

(Encyclopedia) San Francisco săn frănsĭs´kō, city (1990 pop. 723,959), coextensive with San Francisco co., W Calif., on the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, which…