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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).
The source of the fecal contamination found in Pacific Gaper shellfish is unknown.
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).
Bay clams - including butter, cockle, gaper, littleneck and/or softshell clams - can be found in most Oregon estuaries.
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.
The cockle, gaper, littleneck, butter and softshell are the major clams of Oregon bays.
It was a gaper and poor Fernando's day was not helped with that official warning.
One theory about why the animals have been colonizing the area is that the Washington clams and gaper clams that make up the otters' primary food in the slough may be growing more plentiful.
Higher box and gaper counts in the two months subsequent to that event were likely related to it.
And more credit to Australia's catching - except for the McGrath gaper - but they will rarely receive so many self-destructs in a big game.