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Monviso
MONTE VISO or MONVISO (Italian pronunciation: ; Occitan : Vísol; Piedmontese : Brich Monviso or Viso), is the highest mountain of the Cottian Alps . It is located in Italy
Italy
close to the French border. Monte Viso is well known for its pyramid-like shape and, because it is higher than all its neighbouring peaks by about 500 m, it can be seen from great distance, including from the Piedmontese plateau, the Langhe , the Theodulpass in the Zermatt ski area and the summits of the Mont Blanc massif . On a very clear day it can be seen from the spires of the Milan Cathedral . It has been suggested that Monte Viso could be one of the mountains which inspired the Paramount logo. In Italy
Italy
is also known as Il Re di Pietra (The Stone King) because of his prominence within western Italian Alps landscape
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Special
SPECIAL or SPECIALS may refer to: CONTENTS * 1 Music * 2 Film and television * 3 Other uses * 4 See also MUSIC * Special (album) , a 1992 album by Vesta Williams * "Special" (Garbage song) , 1998 * "Special" (Mew song) , 2005 * "Special" (Stephen Lynch song) , 2000 * The Specials
The Specials
, a British band * "Special", a song by Violent Femmes on The Blind Leading the Naked * "Special", a song on
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International Standard Book Number
The INTERNATIONAL STANDARD BOOK NUMBER (ISBN) is a unique numeric commercial book identifier. An ISBN is assigned to each edition and variation (except reprintings) of a book. For example, an e-book , a paperback and a hardcover edition of the same book would each have a different ISBN. The ISBN is 13 digits long if assigned on or after 1 January 2007, and 10 digits long if assigned before 2007. The method of assigning an ISBN is nation-based and varies from country to country, often depending on how large the publishing industry is within a country. The initial ISBN configuration of recognition was generated in 1967 based upon the 9-digit STANDARD BOOK NUMBERING (SBN) created in 1966. The 10-digit ISBN format was developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and was published in 1970 as international standard ISO 2108 (the SBN code can be converted to a ten digit ISBN by prefixing it with a zero)
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Western Alps
The name WESTERN ALPS refers to the western part of the Alpine range . The term has different meanings according to the classification of the Alps
Alps
in use. The peaks and mountain passes are higher compared to the Eastern Alps
Alps
, while the range itself is not so broad and more arched. CONTENTS* 1 Geography * 1.1 Partizione delle Alpi * 2 See also * 3 References * 4 Maps GEOGRAPHYThe Western Alps
Alps
include the southeastern part of France
France
(i.e. Savoie ), the whole of Monaco
Monaco
, the northwestern part of Italy
Italy
and the southwestern part of Switzerland
Switzerland
(i.e. Valais
Valais
). In the southeast the range is bounded by the Italian Padan Plain
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SOIUSA Code
SOIUSA
SOIUSA
CODE is the code used in the International Standardized Mountain
Mountain
Subdivision of the Alps
Alps
(ISMSA or SOIUSA), a proposal by Italian Alpinist, Sergio Marazzi, to re-categorize the mountains and mountain ranges of the Alps
Alps
. The proposal has been aired since 2005 but has yet to receive official recognition. CONTENTS * 1 SOIUSA
SOIUSA
groups\' hierarchy * 2 Encoding * 3 Encoding example * 4 References SOIUSA
SOIUSA
GROUPS\' HIERARCHY SOIUSA
SOIUSA
pyramid showing its groups' hierarchy. SOIUSA
SOIUSA
divides the Alps
Alps
in two main regions, the Western Alps
Alps
and Eastern Alps
Alps

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Guil
The GUIL (French : le Guil) is a 51.6-kilometre (32.1 mi) long river in the Hautes-Alpes
Hautes-Alpes
département , southeastern France
France
. Its source is several small streams which converge into the lake Lestio, at Ristolas . It flows generally west, through the Queyras
Queyras
. It is a left tributary of the Durance
Durance
into which it flows at Guillestre
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List Of European Ultra Prominent Peaks
This is a list of all the ultra prominent peaks (with topographic prominence greater than 1,500 metres or 4,900 feet) in Europe
Europe
, that are not already listed in the top part of the List of Alpine peaks by prominence . The two lists together cover all the ultra prominent mountains of Europe. The column "Col" denotes the highest elevation to which one must descend from a peak in order to reach peaks with higher elevations; note that the elevation of any peak is the sum of its prominence and col. For ease of reference, the list is divided into sections. Islands in the North Atlantic that are territories of European countries have also been included (with the exception of Greenland
Greenland
), and so have peaks in European Russia
Russia
and the Caucasus
Caucasus
states
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Headwaters
The SOURCE or HEADWATERS of a river or stream is the furthest place in that river or stream from its estuary or confluence with another river, as measured along the course of the river. CONTENTS * 1 Definition * 2 Characteristics of sources * 2.1 Example * 3 Related usages * 4 See also * 5 References DEFINITION The marker indicating the source of the Po River
River
, near Crissolo . "Here is born the Po" The United States Geological Survey
United States Geological Survey
(USGS) states that a river's "length may be considered to be the distance from the mouth to the most distant headwater source (irrespective of stream name), or from the mouth to the headwaters of the stream commonly identified as the source stream". As an example of the second definition above, the USGS at times considers the Missouri River
River
as a tributary of the Mississippi River
River

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Galdhøpiggen
GALDHøPIGGEN is the tallest mountain in Norway , Scandinavia and Northern Europe , at 2,469 m (8,100 ft) above sea level. It is located within the municipality of Lom (in Oppland ), in the Jotunheimen mountain area. CONTENTS * 1 Name * 2 History * 3 Access and modern tourism * 4 Summit * 5 See also * 6 Notes * 7 Guidebooks * 8 External links NAMEGaldhøpiggen (Norwegian pronunciation: ) means "the peak/spike (piggen) of the mountain Galdhø." The first element in the name of the mountain is gald (m.) "steep mountain road", the last element is hø (f.) "(big and) rounded mountain." An old road between Gudbrandsdalen and Sogn passes beneath the mountain. HISTORYGeologically Galdhøpiggen, like most of Southern Norway 's mountain ranges, belongs to the Caledonian folding . The peak is made of gabbro , a hard but rather coarse-grained rock which is found in most of the Jotunheimen range. During the ice ages it was heavily glaciated and got its present form
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France
FRANCE (French: ), officially the FRENCH REPUBLIC (French: République française, pronounced ), is a country whose territory consists of metropolitan France
France
in western Europe
Europe
, as well as several overseas regions and territories . The metropolitan area of France extends from the Mediterranean Sea
Mediterranean Sea
to the English Channel
English Channel
and the North Sea
North Sea
, and from the Rhine
Rhine
to the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
. The overseas territories include French Guiana in South America
South America
and several islands in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans
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Neolithic
farming , animal husbandry pottery , metallurgy , wheel circular ditches , henges , megaliths Neolithic religion Chalcolithic
Chalcolithic
The NEOLITHIC /ˌniːəˈlɪθᵻk/ ( listen ) AGE, ERA, or PERIOD, or NEW STONE AGE, was a period in the development of human technology , beginning about 10,200 BC, according to the ASPRO chronology , in some parts of the Middle East, and later in other parts of the world and ending between 4500 and 2000 BC. Traditionally considered the last part of the Stone Age
Stone Age
, the Neolithic
Neolithic
followed the terminal Holocene
Holocene
Epipaleolithic
Epipaleolithic
period and commenced with the beginning of farming , which produced the " Neolithic Revolution "
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Jadeite
JADEITE is a pyroxene mineral with composition Na Al Si 2O 6. It is monoclinic . It has a Mohs hardness
Mohs hardness
of about 6.5 to 7.0 depending on the composition. The mineral is dense, with a specific gravity of about 3.4. CONTENTS * 1 Name * 2 Chemistry * 3 Colors * 4 Stone Age use * 5 Jade
Jade
* 6 See also * 7 References NAMEThe name jadeite is derived (via French : l'ejade and Latin
Latin
: ilia ) from the Spanish phrase "piedra de ijada" which means "stone of the side". It was believed to cure kidney stones if it was rubbed against the side of the afflicted person's body. The Latin
Latin
version of the name, lapis nephriticus, is the origin of the term nephrite , which is also a variety of jade
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Inferno (Dante)
INFERNO (pronounced ; Italian for "Hell") is the first part of Dante Alighieri 's 14th-century epic poem Divine Comedy . It is followed by Purgatorio and Paradiso . The Inferno tells the journey of Dante through Hell , guided by the ancient Roman poet Virgil
Virgil
. In the poem, Hell is depicted as nine concentric circles of torment located within the Earth; it is the "realm ... of those who have rejected spiritual values by yielding to bestial appetites or violence, or by perverting their human intellect to fraud or malice against their fellowmen". As an allegory , the Divine Comedy represents the journey of the soul toward God, with the Inferno describing the recognition and rejection of sin
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Montone
MONTONE is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Perugia in the Italian region Umbria , located about 35 km north of Perugia . Montone is a walled medieval village with a small industrial and housing estate surrounding the walled town center. The town is the origin of the Fortebracci condottieri family, whose most famous member was Braccio da Montone . HISTORYBelieved to be of Medieval origins, Montone appears in the tenth century as a fiefdom of the Margravate of Colle and subsequently of the Del Monte family. By 1121 Montone, now under the direct control of Perugia, was authorized to be self-governing under its own statutes and legal officers. In 1414 it was given to Braccio da Montone . His family held it until the early 16th century, when the Vitelli acquired it. Later in the century it was annexed to the Papal States
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Clerk's Tale
THE CLERK\'S TALE is the first tale of Group E (Fragment IV) in Geoffrey Chaucer 's The Canterbury Tales . It is preceded by The Summoner\'s Tale and followed by The Merchant\'s Tale . The Clerk of Oxenford (modern Oxford ) is a student of what would nowadays be considered philosophy or theology. He tells the tale of Griselda , a young woman whose husband tests her loyalty in a series of cruel torments that recall the Biblical book of Job . CONTENTS * 1 Plot * 2 Prologue * 3 Sources * 4 Chaucer\'s intentions * 5 See also * 6 Footnotes * 7 External links PLOTThe Clerk's tale is about a marquis of Saluzzo in Piedmont in Italy named Walter, a bachelor who is asked by his subjects to marry to provide an heir. He assents and decides he will marry a peasant, named Griselda. Griselda is a poor girl, used to a life of pain and labour, who promises to honour Walter's wishes in all things
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Canterbury Tales
THE CANTERBURY TALES ( Middle English
Middle English
: Tales of Caunterbury ) is a collection of 24 stories that runs to over 17,000 lines written in Middle English
Middle English
by Geoffrey Chaucer
Geoffrey Chaucer
between 1387–1400. In 1386, Chaucer became Controller of Customs and Justice of Peace and, three years later, Clerk of the King's work in 1389. It was during these years that Chaucer began working on his most famous text, The Canterbury Tales. The tales (mostly written in verse , although some are in prose ) are presented as part of a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travel together on a journey from London to Canterbury to visit the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket
Thomas Becket
at Canterbury Cathedral . The prize for this contest is a free meal at the Tabard Inn at Southwark on their return
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