Snow Leopard


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Snow Leopard

Version 10.6 of the Mac OS X operating system, released in 2009. Although faster than Leopard because all system components support 64 bits, for most users, Snow Leopard is considered more of a refinement than a major update. It includes support for 16TB (that's terabytes!) of memory, as well as enhancements to QuickTime (QuickTime X) and the user interface.

Snow Leopard only runs on Intel-based Macs. Apple switched to Intel in 2006, and Snow Leopard marks an official break from PowerPC Macs such as the G4 and G5. Also included is native support for Exchange, Microsoft's corporate mail server.

For the Programmer
Snow Leopard enables application programmers to take advantage of multiple cores with its "Grand Central" programming interface (API), which also makes the Mac OS more multicore efficient. In addition, Open Compute Language (OpenCL) lets programmers access the graphics processor (GPU) for general-purpose computing. See Leopard.

Snow Leopard

 

(Uncia uncia), also called irbis or ounce, a carnivorous mammal of the family Felidae. Body length, approximately 130 cm; tail length, approximately 90 cm; weight, 26–40 kg. The snow leopard’s fur is smoky gray, almost white, with dark spots forming rings; it is particularly luxuriant during the winter. The snow leopard inhabits the mountain ranges of Central Asia at altitudes between 3,000 and 5,000 m. In the winter it descends to the coniferous forest zone. It preys primarily on mountain goats and is rarely a threat to livestock. The number of snow leopards in the USSR has sharply dwindled owing to their capture for zoos and to the decrease in the number of mountain goats.

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The report describes snow leopards as one of the most beautiful and enigmatic big cats.
Urgent action is needed to curb climate change and prevent further degradation of snow leopard habitat," said Rishi Kumar Sharma, WWF global snow leopard leader, "otherwise the 'ghost of the mountains' could vanish, along with critical water supplies for hundreds of millions of people.
He also reiterated the will of the present Pakistani government and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and said that Pakistan is seriously committed to the global efforts for protection and conservation of endangered snow leopard.
And, as one of the 12 snow leopard range countries please accept our sincere congratulation to you.
The snow leopard is smaller than the tiger, the lion, and the leopard of Africa and Asia.
The meeting will be a continuation of joint action of 12 countries in response to the Bishkek declaration adopted at the global forum on snow leopard preservation, held in October 2013 under the leadership of President Almazbek Atambayev.
The Project will focus on six of the 12 known snow leopard range nations, including Bhutan, India, the Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Nepal, and Pakistan.
Ironically, this is the biggest- ever sightings in the history of the park, which provides digital evidence about the presence of snow leopards in the protected area.
Since its most common habitat is Central Asia, the Snow leopard is considered an indicator of health for the mountainous ecosystem in the region.
Strikingly realistic paintings illustrate Where Snow Leopard Prowls: Wild Animals of Tibet, a children's picturebook filled with amazing facts about Tibet's native species.