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landslide

(Encyclopedia) landslide, rapid slipping of a mass of earth or rock from a higher elevation to a lower level under the influence of gravity and water lubrication. More…

earthflow

(Encyclopedia) earthflow: see landslide .

mudflow

(Encyclopedia) mudflow: see landslide .

Vaiont Dam

(Encyclopedia) Vaiont Dam, 858 ft (262 m) high, on the Vaiont River, a tributary of the Piave River, in Venetia, NE Italy, near Belluno. Vaiont Dam, one of the highest in the world, was…

Awami League

(Encyclopedia) Awami League, political organization in Pakistan and Bangladesh. It was founded in 1949 as an opposition party in Pakistan and had a moderately socialist ideology. The…

de Blasio, Bill

(Encyclopedia) de Blasio, Bill, 1961–, American politician, b. New York City as Warren Wilhelm, Jr., B.A New York Univ., 1984, M.A. Columbia, 1987. A liberal Democrat, de Blasio worked…

Barrow, Dean Oliver

(Encyclopedia) Barrow, Dean Oliver, 1951–, Belizean political leader, prime minister of Belize (2008–), grad. Univ. of the West Indies (LL.B., 1973), Norman Manley Law School, Jamaica (…

Manley, Michael Norman

(Encyclopedia) Manley, Michael Norman, 1924–97, prime minister of Jamaica (1972–80, 1989–92); son of Norman Manley . A leader of the socialist People's National party, he was…

Torrijos Espino, Martín Erasto

(Encyclopedia) Torrijos Espino, Martín Erasto, 1963–, Panamanian political leader, president of Panama (2004–), b. Panama City. The son of Gen. Omar Torrijos Herrera , he studied…

Sarez, Lake

(Encyclopedia) Sarez, Lake, 37 mi (60 km) long, on the Murgab River, E central Tajikistan, in the Pamir 80 mi (129 km) NE of Khorugh. Sarez was formed (1911) when an earthquake caused a…