tar pit

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a natural accumulation of bitumens at the surface of the earth

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Caption: A pupa of a modern female leafcutter Megachile bee (left) has the same basic look as a Megachile male (right, CT scan) that dates to the Pleistocene, having been preserved in the La Brea Tar Pits.
Although each tar pit may be active for only a few thousand years, just a small sampling of the vast number of menes in Venezuela could provide paleontologists with a fossil record for the region that could extend back more than 2 million years.
I think the first companies to get snagged in this Darwinian tar pit were there because of monumental pension obligations and labor agreements that dragged them down.
This site, originally discovered by Lewis and Clark, once contained fossilized remains of mammoths attracted by a salt lick but then sucked into a tar pit for millennial preservation.
LaBrea is an open-source freeware application created by programmer Tom Liston that traps viruses in a tar pit, thus stopping or slowing down virus-related scans of IP addresses.
Then they sprouted gills, jumped into a tar pit, and waited for their momentum to carry them back into single-cell bliss.
What the military will find is that it has jumped into the church-state tar pit with the abortion issue in its arms.
Alan Beer, co-director of Carpenters, said it hadn't been established whether the trench was a tar pit.
mastodon lurching from a tar pit, reversing the current of its
The study will take samples from various parts of the tar pit to see what it is in and show what we will need to do after," she said.
In particular, paleontologists are clamoring about fossils found in a tar pit near Ineiarte, in northwestern Venezuela.
So, too, is an administration so thoroughly unprepared and clueless that it relies on gut feelings and that fails to grasp, even after years of flailing in the tar pit of Iraq, the critical need to regain its focus and footing in the fight against al-Qaeda and global terrorism.
What comes up for me is Neurosish infected rhythms by way of molten metal sizzling in a tar pit.
Tar pit discoveries, including wolf skulls and the remains of giant sloths, are on display at the George C.
But the essay quickly bogs down in a tar pit of questions explored several decades ago in Erich Auerbach's Mimesis.