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gapers' block

Traffic congestion due to drivers' attention being simultaneously diverted to something, such as a collision or animals on or near the road. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. They were able to move the wreckage well off the road to allow cars to pass, but there remained a gaper's block on the highway for the better part of the morning.
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On 10 November 2010, two individuals of the Indo-Pacific gaper Champsodon vorax were collected from the coastal waters of Beirut (33[degrees] 55' N; 35[degrees] 32' E).
Beach wildlife such as gaper clams and peacock worms are also at risk.
For Liston, there is a movement between "the passive, affective, gaper or gawker" who reasserts and gives in, in Walter Benjamin's terms, to the dreamlike phantasmagoria of consumer culture, and his opposite, the "active, intelligent observer" who awakes from the dream and ruptures a veil of ideology (60).
Edmond's changing behaviour in response to the events surrounding him see him move between the viewing position of the active, intelligent observer and that of the passive, affective, gaper or gawker, the badaud.
We saw sea otters, including one that floated on its back near the boat, prying open a Gaper clam as big as a salad plate.
One composite sample of juvenile Pacific Gaper clams (Tresus nuttallii) was collected approximately 300 feet from the northwest corner of the adjacent wetland during low tide.
Do-it-yourself driving: The Gaper Guide is a GPS enabled tour guide providing fun facts and history.
Shaul and Goodwin (1982) observed the annual deposition of internal growth lines of the Pacific geoduck Panopea generosa Gould, 1850, based on three experiments: (1) the location of the growth line in relation to the growing edge, which is commonly called edge analysis (Campana 2001); (2) counting growth lines in shells of known age (this procedure was also applied to the deep burrowing clam or gaper shell [the Native Maori name is hohehohe] Panopea zelandica [Quoy & Gaimard, 1835] by Gribben and Creese [2005], who followed a single cohort for a number of years); and (3) comparison of age structure between two areas (pristine zones and affected zones).
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife: Results of a survey of gaper, butter, cockle and native littleneck clams in Coos Bay will be discussed, 6 p.
Gaper, Washington, littleneck, and Pismo clams are yours for the taking with a few key tools: a California fishing license, a clamming shovel (or fork or rake), and the ability to dig when you spot the telltale squirting hole that reveals a clam's location.
The truth is that since Graham Thorpe dropped that gaper at slip when Matthew Elliott was 29, England's chins have been down on their chests.
3 (32) Fat gaper clam Tresus capax 100 (2) Pacific littleneck clam Protothaca staminea 7.
Bay clams - including butter, cockle, gaper, littleneck and/or softshell clams - can be found in most Oregon estuaries.