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Evel Knievel jumped 13 cars two nights in a row drawing over 100,000 spectators to the Astrodome in January 1971 and though there was talk of him making an actual jump over the stadium itself sometime in the future it never happened, Incorporated cities operate their own police departments This section does not cite any sources Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources Unsourced material may be challenged and removed (June 2010) (Learn how and when to remove this template message). . . The Smithsonian Institution Gulf of Mexico holdings are expected to provide an important baseline of understanding for future scientific studies on the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Congressional testimony Dr Jonathan Coddington Associate Director of Research and Collections at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History provides a detailed overview of the Gulf collections and their sources which Museum staff have made available on an online map the samples were collected for years by the former Minerals Management Service (renamed the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement) to help predict the potential impacts of future oil/gas explorations Since 1979 the specimens have been deposited in the national collections of the National Museum of Natural History. . The area has had a number of severe weather events such as:! (-10) 14 6 Speech patterns Portuguese sent military expeditions to the Amazon Rainforest and conquered British and Dutch strongholds founding villages and forts from 1669 in 1680 they reached the far south and founded Sacramento on the bank of the Rio de la Plata in the Eastern Strip region (present-day Uruguay), the Pueblo from the upper Rio Grande region centered west of Texas; .