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1. Division; separation; putting away. No other remedy . . . But absolute departure. (Milton)

2. Separation or removal from a place; the act or process of departing or going away. Departure from this happy place. (Milton)

3. Removal from the present life; death; decease. The time of my departure is at hand. (2 Tim. Iv. 6) His timely departure . . . Barred him from the knowledge of his son's miseries. (Sir P. Sidney)

4. Deviation or abandonment, as from or of a rule or course of action, a plan, or a purpose. Any departure from a national standard. (Prescott)

5. The desertion by a party to any pleading of the ground taken by him in his last antecedent pleading, and the adoption of another.

6. (Science: astronomy) The distance due east or west which a person or ship passes over in going along an oblique line.

Since the meridians sensibly converge, the departure in navigation is not measured from the beginning nor from the end of the ships course, but is regarded as the total easting or westing made by the ship or person as he travels over the course.

(Science: astronomy) to take a departure, to ascertain, usually by taking bearings from a landmark, the position of a vessel at the beginning of a voyage as a point from which to begin her dead reckoning; as, the ship took her departure from sandy hook.

Synonym: death, demise 403 , release. See death.

Origin: From depart.

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Who coined Biodiversity?

Probably tracks back to EO Wilson (60's) and Soule reviewed its departure from science: http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/1310054?uid=3739600&uid=2&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=47699020543347

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by JorgeLobo
Mon May 21, 2012 11:40 am
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Who coined Biodiversity?
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Re: Could there be extra-terrestrial life?

... no thong underwear either? Sorry Jorgelobo. Of course I knew you were joking. And sadly probably very few thongs. Sexual reproduction is quite a departure from the earlier asexual.

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by animartco
Sat Apr 28, 2012 11:54 am
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Could there be extra-terrestrial life?
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Views: 9974

Taxonomy of nature?

... a broad taxonomy of nature (say, 1. human animals, 2. non-human animals, 3. vegetation... - yep, I'm totally making this up!) to use as a point of departure in this study. Any help/suggestion/advice will be very welcome. :) Thanks in advance!

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by elvirawood
Thu Oct 14, 2010 10:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Taxonomy of nature?
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Re: Natural selection is proven wrong

... as eating in animals) and moving upwards to things like the annual arrival of the cliff swallows on March 18th (apart from leap years) and their departure on Oct 23. Their journey is about 7,500 miles from Goya in Argentina to Capistrano in California, one way. The details beggar the imagination, ...

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by Asyncritus
Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:21 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Natural selection is proven wrong
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What is life? (Seeking a physical signature for life)

... sensed. Perhaps that is how our concept of a soul evolved...something that exists inside our body and signifies death of that individual upon its departure. So, now in this age where we strive to pin down notions with physical evidence and with our quest to quantitatively analyze and tear apart ...

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by ragav.payne
Sun Feb 03, 2008 3:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What is life? (Seeking a physical signature for life)
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