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Mendocino, Cape

(Encyclopedia) Mendocino, Cape mnds´n, 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 svästyän´ vthkä´n, 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…

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…

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…

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…

Oldest Human Remains in North America Found

In 1959, the partial skeletal remains of an ancient woman estimated to be 10,000 years old were unearthed in Arlington Springs on Santa Rosa Island, one of the eight Channel Islands off the…