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Ancash Earthquake

The 1970 Ancash earthquake was an undersea earthquake that affected the Peruvian regions of Ancash and La Libertad. Combined with a subsequent landslide, it killed 47,194 people and was the most catastrophic natural disaster ever recorded in the history of Peru. The 45-second quake destabilized the northern wall of Mount Huascarán and triggered a rock and snow avalanche that buried the towns of Yungay and Ranrahirca. How do many Peruvian schools commemorate the disaster?

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The Natufian Culture

The Natufian culture existed in the Mediterranean region of the Levant between 14,560 and 11,560 years ago and was unique in that its members established permanent settlements prior to the development of agriculture. While the Natufians were hunter-gatherers, some evidence suggests that they began to cultivate cereals after a sudden climate change threatened their naturally occurring food sources. Natufian sites contain the earliest archaeological evidence of the domestication of what animal?

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Walt Whitman

Whitman was an American poet whose works celebrate the freedom and dignity of the individual and sing the praises of democracy and the brotherhood of man. His Leaves of Grass, unconventional in both its content and technique, is one of the most influential volumes of poetry in the history of American literature. Considered one of the finest elegies in the English language, Whitman's "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" was written as a tribute to what US president?

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