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sky island

sky island n. an isolated ecosystem occurring at a high altitude, such as on a mountain top, which shows evolutionary tendencies similar to those occurring on islands surrounded by water. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

sky island

sky island  n.— «From a parched sea of desert in southeastern Arizona, Mt. Graham rises 2 miles to a crested summit above the clouds. Isolated in time and space for 11,000 years, the mountain is what biologists call a sky island, “a...

snack TV

snack TV  n.— «The content of YouTube (and Guba, Veoh and an army of imitators) includes home movies and viral (emailed) videos, amateur comedy and drama, short films, music videos and a mountain of copyright-breaching clips from well...

flashpacker

flashpacker  n.— «Flashpacker is a fairly new term—not to be confused with a backpacker who strips naked or a photographer on the road—used to describe independent travellers who journey in style. It applies to adventurous men and women...

down range

down range  adv.— «The Landstuhl facility, the largest American military hospital outside the United States, sits atop a small mountain overlooking the town of the same name.…A quarter of its multinational patients arrive with hard...