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extremely flat-bodied cartilaginous marine fish, related to the shark. The pectoral fins of most rays are developed into broad, flat, winglike appendages, attached all along the sides of the head; the animal swims by rippling movements of these wings.
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a city in Ecuador, on the Pacific Ocean. Population, approximately 44,400 (1969). Manta is the principal port for the export of coffee (two-thirds of the country’s coffee export). It has a vegetable-oil extraction plant, fish canneries, and enterprises of the wood-products industry. Manta is well known for the manufacture of Panama hats.

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President Nicanor Duarte has repeatedly denied that the US will be allowed to set up a permanent base like the ones it maintains in Guantanamo, Cuba, and Manta, Ecuador, yet expansions at the Mariscal Estigarribia military facility, 280 km from the border with Bolivia, has raised doubts about Duarte's denials.
The boat had left the port of Manta, Ecuador, without permission, the Colombian Navy said.
Customs Department aircraft spotted a third boat southwest of Manta, Ecuador.
A brochure lists stop-overs, with a day on the beach at Norfolk, Virginia, a visit to the Kennedy Space Center at Port Canaveral, Florida, across the Caribbean to the Bahamas and on via the Panama Canal to Manta, Ecuador, for whale spotting.
When negotiations collapsed in 1998 (see EcoCentral, 1998-07-09), the US established smaller centers in Aruba and Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles, and at Manta, Ecuador.
Olszewski achieved the rank of Major, receiving Air Force Commendation Medals for his roles in providing medical support for the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing, & the 1996 Air Disaster in Manta, Ecuador.
A group of telecommunications operators consisting of Cable & Wireless Communications, Setar, Telconet, Telefonica a Global Solutions and United Telecommunication Services (UTS) has signed a turnkey contract with Alcatel-Lucent to deploy the Pacific Caribbean Cable System (PCCS), a 100G submarine cable system linking Jacksonville, Florida to Manta, Ecuador.
Where: Aboard the safe and modernMV Explorerfloating campus (the ship used by the Semester at Sea[R] study abroad program), the Ancient Wonders of Ecuador, The Galapagos, and Beyond Enrichment Voyage will travel from Ensenada, Mexico to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Corinto, Nicaragua; Balboa, Panama; Manta, Ecuador, and Puntarenas/Caldera, Costa Rica (with an option to visit the Galapagos Islands).
during its four-month deployment to Forward Operating Location Manta, Ecuador.